Author Archives: Melissa Kean

Vacation Week 2017: “Will Do Tricks for Tips”

Technically I’m off work this week, finally getting my summer break. The first time I tried to go on vacation this summer I wound up in the Laramie Urgent Care Center with strep throat. We rescheduled for what turned out … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: “Nothing fishy at Rice University!”

This week we got a glorious bunch of artwork–posters for concerts at Rockefeller’s in the 1980s–drawn by Robert (Little Bobby) Duncan ’71, donated by Duncan and by Jim ’69 and Katie DePitts ’71. Also included was this delightful poster for … Continue reading

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Rice Athletic Association Mystery: Solved

Kind of. Until yesterday I had been completely unable to understand what the Rice Athletic Association was or what it did. How in the world was this different from the Athletic Department? The name was ubiquitous in the files, on … Continue reading

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O. Jack Mitchell: “a persistent and uncompromising optimist”

The collection of images related to traffic and parking on campus in the very early 1990s is remarkably thorough. It even includes a series of photographs that document where the F&E carts parked: By the time I got to those … Continue reading

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Staff Orange Decals and Visitors, 1991

As I worked my way through the stack of pictures that I talked about yesterday, I realized with some excitement that they were more or less all concerned with traffic patterns and parking on campus. Some showed entrances: Quite a … Continue reading

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Campus, c1991

I found a batch of photos today that must have been taken right around the time I arrived at Rice in late 1991. It was only as I worked my way through the stack that I understood what they were … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Ozymandias

The late, lamented Jim Kinsey ’56, ’59, former dean of the Wiess School of Natural Sciences, was one of the people at Rice who could made me laugh until I couldn’t breathe. Even now, every time I look at the … Continue reading

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