Another Use for Rice Stadium

I’m still sick at home where, wasting time on the internet, I was very nearly drawn into a Facebook conversation about why we have an approximately 70,000 seat football stadium.   This did remind me of a possible alternative use for the space:

revival meetings!

Rice Stadium hosted the Billy Graham Crusade from November 8 to November 15, 1981. Average nightly attendance for the week was 18,000.

Not to comment on how they determine crowd size at our football games, but that looks like 18,000 actual human beings.

Bonus: News flash! They’ve repainted the front desk at Fondren.

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I’m sick today but . . .

it hasn’t come to this:

Note that someone actually followed the instructions.

I expect to be back tomorrow.


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Silver Anniversary Bridge Cards, 1937

I mean, why not?

I found these buried in the ARA Historical Commission materials:

The Association of Rice Alumni had them made and then sold them as a reasonably successful fund raiser:

I noted two things of particular interest. First, the business about young Mr. Williams selling packs of these cards in the dorms. There was quite a bit of small time merchandising that took place in those buildings for a long time as there wasn’t really anywhere else around to shop. I’ll have some more about this soon.

And second, the trustees all wrote thank-you notes for their free decks! Here are some:

Bonus: The festivities have begun.

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Friday Follies: Extracurricular!

Believe it or not, this shot is from an admissions brochure that they didn’t bother to put a date on:

You might be able to date it by the exact amount of grey in Bill Martin’s hair.

Bonus: Get me out of here.

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Poof! 1947

Not long ago it occurred to me that I might be able to get a different look at that frame building behind the Physics Building that housed Rice’s first nuclear accelerator if I looked carefully at the construction photos of Anderson Hall. I was kind of right. You can just see it here at the top left, unfortunately mostly hidden behind some hedges:

I’d never spent much time with these images so I was surprised and enchanted to see something else–the slow disappearance of the wide view of the front of the Chemistry Building. You can actually watch it happen. Here’s Progress Photo #1, taken November 6, 1946:

And Progress Photo #10, from February 1947:

And finally this one almost exactly one year after the first:

Just for fun here’s one looking the other direction:

It seems to have been a rough year for the Italian cypresses.



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Rice Village, 1980

Loyal reader Marty Merritt sent in this 1980 map of the village, which unlike yesterday’s map appeared in the Newcomer’s Guide rather than the Thresher. This looks rather more familiar although most of it is still gone:

You’ll note that this is also a much more comprehensive map than the 1968 version. Another regular reader noted in an email that the reason is likely that the earlier map only showed the locations of advertisers, whose numbers were fairly thin in 1968 because of the strident politics that dominated the paper at that time. That seems like a pretty good theory to me.


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A Rice Guide to Shopping in the Village, 1968

I’ve been too busy to think coherently about what to write this evening. Instead of trying to fake it I’ll  just offer this map of the Village. It appeared in the Thresher in September of 1968. I’m not positive but I don’t think any of these businesses still exist here:

Bonus: I’m not even going to think about this.

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