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“this slaughter of the English language,” 1928

Slang is one of those things that never fails to interest. It evolves at a dizzying rate and is  forgotten as quickly as it moves on, frustrating my desire to know what the heck people were talking about. So when … Continue reading

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Van Gogh Arrives in Houston, 1951

Back in 2017 I wrote about finding at an estate sale a scrapbook that had belonged to Cal Dean Hill ’52.  It chronicled much of his life, from boyhood through his years at Rice. An enormously important part of that … Continue reading

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Chandler Davidson, 1936-2021

Part of the reason I needed my recent break was that learning of the death of Chandler Davidson so soon after losing Sid Burrus just knocked the pins out from under me. I first met Chandler when I was in … Continue reading

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Time Capsule, 1948

You may or may not have noticed that I haven’t posted for a while. Nothing is amiss, but I just needed a real break. Now, break taken, I’m back and with a backlog of really good material to talk about. … Continue reading

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To Sidney Burrus: Teacher, Friend, Colleague

When I heard last weekend that Sidney Burrus had died I felt simply heartsick, bogged down with grief. Sid was the person most responsible for me staying at Rice after I graduated. People are often surprised to learn that my … Continue reading

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“to anticipate and plan for problems of the future” : Art Busch and The Birth of Environmental Studies at Rice

One of the more underused resources in the archives is the collection of Rice Institute Pamphlets, our own scholarly journal, which became Rice University Studies after we became Rice University in 1960. There’s a lot of miscellany in these volumes … Continue reading

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The Light Abruptly Dawns

A couple weekends ago I had to go to campus for a few minutes and I got Mr. Rice History Corner to drive me over there. As we were leaving through Gate 2, I blurted out “stop! back up quick!” … Continue reading

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“I am faithful only to love,” 1930

So this got started when I ran across a little snippet in the Houston Post about the 1918 Rice Institute garden party. I paid attention mostly because although I’ve seen many images of the annual garden parties given in honor … Continue reading

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“Splendid Helpfulness in the Upbuilding of Texas,” 1912

In preparation for Rice’s formal opening in 1912, invitations were delivered to institutions of higher learning all over the world. Some of these schools sent representatives, others regretted their inability to attend but offered their best wishes and congratulations with … Continue reading

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I Could Have Saved Myself A Lot of Trouble

I’m actually out of town on a ski trip–just got some sweet new cross country gear–but apparently I should have just stayed home: Many thanks to loyal reader and intrepid photographer Owlcop for this morning’s pictures of a cold, snowy … Continue reading

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