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“a plan of growth, enrichment, and expansion,” 1964

We recently got back to Houston after our annual July trip to Washington state. While I was up there I played a lot of golf but I also had a lot of time to think and specifically to think about … Continue reading

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“we all hunted out and shortened old dinner dresses,” 1962

This is the last part of Corinne Tsanoff’s letter to her sister about the Rice semi-centennial celebration in 1962. It’s the longest piece and also my favorite, because of the discussion of the wardrobe complications endured by the faculty wives, … Continue reading

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Speaking of Harold Wilson . . .

He was the first faculty member to arrive at Rice in 1912 and was allegedly “delighted with Houston.” This came from a very early scrapbook kept by Mr. Cohn, Rice’s first business manager. Those small dots are some sort of … Continue reading

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“I have never seen a philosopher have such an ovation,” 1962

The day after President Pitzer’s inauguration in October, 1962 there was a full schedule of Semi-centennial events, culminating in the awarding of the Medals of Honor. Here is Corinne Tsanoff’s touching description, highlighted (at least for me) by her gentle … Continue reading

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“We felt like a platter of stewed potatoes,” 1962

Not long ago we got back the fifty-three boxes of the Tsanoff Family collection from off- site storage at Iron Mountain, where it had been housed until the recent completion of the second module of the Library Service Center: Before … Continue reading

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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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