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Friday Follies: All I Have Are Questions

What the heck? When is this? Where is this? And why does Kinkaid get top billing? Bonus: The ghost of 204.

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HMRC Thursday: The Roost, 1948

I’ve lamented at least a couple of times that I’ve never been able to find the original layout of Fondren’s basement. We have several pictures in the Woodson of the basement interior but I could never get a clear sense … Continue reading

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The Lights in the Mech Lab Cloisters, Part 2

About a month ago I got a question about the original light fixtures in the cloisters in front of Mech Lab. With typical overconfidence I thought it would be a snap. I was quite wrong about that. Still, after the … Continue reading

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March 22, 1988: Part 2

I spent most of my day on a fascinating light fixture puzzle and I am sore tempted to write about that tonight. But I’ve already scanned the rest of the March 22, 1988 slides so that’s what you’re going to … Continue reading

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March 22, 1988: Part 1

I was squinting at a sheet of slides this afternoon when I noticed that they all had the same date stamp: March 22, 1988. They must have been taken by Tommy Lavergne, who would still have been a relative newcomer … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Eggs Marks the Spot

I stole that title from this 1920s-era article I found in a student scrapbook: I bet the cleanup was epic. Bonus: Spotted in Huff House. You first.

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An Airplane Ride, 1934

I’m on my way to Omaha for a meeting and I wish I could say that I was as excited about my flight as young Joan Wilson was about hers: Bonus:  I don’t really like Terminal B very much.  

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Parking Problems, 1948

Over the years I’ve amassed a nice collection of campus parking memos and other automobile-related altercations from a half-dozen universities. They are among the most unintentionally comic of all university communications (despite lots of competition in this genre) and I … Continue reading

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Veteran’s Day Celebrations, 2019 and 2001

Once again this year’s Veteran’s Day celebration on campus was beautiful. Hank Hudspeth ’40 and George Hirasaki ’67 were honored for their service and Rocky Villafranca, currently a Midshipman First Class in the Rice NROTC made me weep with his … Continue reading

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Sprint Relay Team, no date

This is picture is unidentified except for this bit on the back: “track sprint relay team.” So not only do we not know the date, we’re also in the dark about who they managed to get to wear those goofy … Continue reading

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