Author Archives: Melissa Kean

Biomedical engineering, 1969

Somewhere down in the bowels of Abercrombie, late in the 1960s, there were strange goings-on: I know that this was serious work but it’s hard not to laugh. I’m particularly tickled by the pipe. Judging from a stack of pictures … Continue reading

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Youthful High Spirits, circa late 1960s

I got an email last night from reader Bill Peebles ’70. It was short and sweet: I don’t know what we were thinking, but one Sunday morning we drove my ’64 Volkswagen through the quad.  I can’t say exactly why … Continue reading

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My Visit to the Lone Star Flight Museum

I made the trip down to Ellington Field today to see the recently opened Lone Star Flight Museum, with museum board member and Rice trustee emeritus Charlie Szalkowski ’70 as tour guide. I was absolutely blown away and I think … Continue reading

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“Miss Patti Page, The Sweetheart of the Stadium”, 1950

I recently found this picture in an unexpected place and instantly fell in love with those spectacular hats. (And don’t even get me started on the boots!)   I wondered about two things: the girls in the hats, who don’t … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Picnic, 1916

Probably on campus. It looks serene . . . and hot. No jackets on the men, rolled up sleeves. Left to right are Radoslav Tsanoff, easily identifiable even with a leaf in front of his face, Julian Huxley, Corinne Tsanoff, … Continue reading

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Dry Cleaner Debacle, 2018

In an unexpected turn, I don’t have a Rice History Corner post tonight. My dry cleaner got busted for tax evasion the other day, which you might think has nothing to do with this blog. But it means that the … Continue reading

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Filling Station, 6511 Main Street, 1939

I’m confident that I’m the only one who remembers that I’ve previously used this photo of a track man, probably Richard Stone ’56. It’s notable for the nice view of Main Street establishments it gives us: When I first used it … Continue reading

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