Friday Follies: “Just wait ’till he finds out we’re not even having tea!” 1961

I wonder what they were having . .

Bonus: I’m having a nice Homecoming so far. It’s been very busy but I’ll have a lot to show you next week.


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Homecoming, 2019

The homecoming crowd has already started to roll in and it’s all fun and games for them, but very busy for me. I’m not complaining, mind you, I truly love the visits. I’m just trying to stay focused.

Like this guy:

I’ll have lots more to report on the other side. In the meantime, they were giving out candy at the front desk today. I nabbed some m&ms:

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“I’m dreaming of the Great Pumpkin,” 1969

I first wrote about pumpkin caroling when I ran across this charming photograph taken at Halloween in 1969:

Even more charming, this year a loyal reader sent me scans of what look to be the lyrics they were singing. They’re goofy, to no one’s surprise I’m sure:

Bonus: I think this is beautiful.

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The Mystery of FF, 2019

This is the kind of thing I’d normally use as a bonus picture but I’m so baffled by it that I want to make sure everyone sees it.

So I was standing here the other day, whiling away a bit of time for reasons I don’t need to explain right now. This is, of course, the plaza between Sewall and Lovett halls:

At one point I glanced down and was astonished to see this little marker embedded in one of the stone tiles:

It’s very small, no more than a couple of inches, so it’s not hard to understand why I’d never noticed it before. Someone obviously went to some trouble to install it, though, cutting out a section of the stone to make room for it. So what on earth is this and why is it here? Anyone?


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“there was no effort on the part of officials to put down the uprising,” 1931

Last week I posted about the all-school holiday as an effort to forestall student enforced campus lockouts after big football victories. It took little effort to dig up other examples that I already had in my laptop files. This one comes in two pieces that I only put together this afternoon. The newspaper clipping is from a student scrapbook and I was a bit surprised to learn that a gate barricade at a tiny Texas college was worth an AP story:

The second piece is a photograph of the closed gate and it’s not a very good scan (I scanned it long ago) but if you squint you can see that there really are some hangers in there:

Sadly, despite the strong start to the conference season there was no championship that year. We finished right in the middle of the pack.

Bonus: I had a great visit this morning with my friend Sergio Garcia, who grew up on the wild western part of campus before it was all paved over. His daughter, Lillian, granddaughter Claudia, and Stephanie Scoville, one of our Fondren Fellows this year also joined in. I learned a lot, having thought of better questions to ask him this time. I’m very grateful to the Garcia family. (There’s a video at that link above, by the way, that is well worth your time even if you’ve seen it before. I still get choked up watching it.)


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Friday Follies: Sherry Party, 1963

I can’t help but wonder how the rest of the evening went after starting off by pounding sherries for half an hour at Dean Richter’s house:

Bonus: I adore this little sign. In classic Rice fashion it’s completely invisible from the front of the Mech Lab.

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“fold, staple, dismantle, incapacitate, lick and mutilate,” 1978

Yesterday’s post about the computer card set something to rattling around in my head. I’d read something (but what exactly?), somewhere (but where exactly?) that was lightly mocking the library’s computerized circulation system. Luckily, when it comes to light library mockery there’s an obvious place to turn: The Staff Speaks, a 1970s era Fondren newsletter that was very clearly meant for internal circulation only. In particular there was a regular page called “Dust from the Stacks,” written by the pseudonymous “Sara Lee,”who we are to assume nobody doesn’t like. Sure enough, I’d actually scanned this page several years ago–it was the last paragraph I was remembering:

Bonus: Another example of high-quality librarian humor.

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