Author Archives: Melissa Kean

The Niels Esperson Building, 1926

The Woodson recently acquired a scrapbook containing twenty-nine professional photographs of the Esperson Building in downtown Houston, newly completed in 1926: At thirty-two stories it was then the tallest building in town and extremely ornate. Here are a couple of … Continue reading

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This Began As A Friday Follies Post Then Changed In The Middle, 1959

The picture I was going to use was one from the batch that loyal reader Karl Benson ’63 gave to the Woodson last December. But as I looked closer at some of the other images I was startled to find … Continue reading

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Where Was Commencement?

This is yet another post where I have to explain that I thought I knew something but it turns out that I didn’t. I was startled into this particular realization by a photo I ran across of the 1955 commencement: … Continue reading

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A Window And Some Trees

I ran across this photograph a couple of years ago and couldn’t immediately place it. It is, of course, the west side of Anderson Architecture and it was taken soon after the 1981 addition: As soon as I figured it … Continue reading

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“Pick Up After Each Other,” 1974

I just got back from a wonderful, long vacation up in Washington state, which is the explanation for my extended absence here. But I’m back now and I’ve collected a lot of neat stuff to write about, so here we … Continue reading

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Robert Floyd Curl, Jr., 1933-2022

When I think of Bob Curl I remember two things. The first is silly–it was pretty easy to make him laugh, which I found quite rewarding. The second, though, still moves me when  I think of it. He spoke to … Continue reading

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They Never Did Find It

As far as I know this is the only mention of WMR being photographed. If you know where the picture is, for heaven’s sake speak up. This leads me to wonder several things. First, I wonder why they were so … Continue reading

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Sandy Havens, 1934-2022

This is one of those that’s so hard I put off writing it as long as I could. I was deeply saddened to learn a couple weeks ago of the death of Neil “Sandy” Havens ’56. In an unsettling coincidence … Continue reading

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Coach Hackerman, 1978

Anyone who’s been reading this stuff for a while knows how fond I am of Norman Hackerman, who I think was a good guy and an underrated president. But as much as I admire him I never expected to see … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: I Was Not Expecting This

I’ve reached a point at Rice where it is not easy to surprise me but today I was surprised twice. This is the most recent one, from the Houston Post, December 29, 1964: We have a pretty thorough list of … Continue reading

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