This photo cube is addictive.
This photo cube is addictive.
Over the past few months, we’ve been busy.
The Banded Geckos collection features the work of the band, which called Houston home from 1979 to 1993, before relocating to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The collection has a great array of posters, photographs, promotional materials, and audio.
The Boys From Houston research files includes photographs, digital images, news clippings, and memorabilia that Vicki Welch Ayo and William C. DeLaVergne used to write the book series.
The Danny McVey collection features photographs, news clippings, and audio saved by McVey, a sound engineer for The Michael Marcoulier Band, The Dishes, and Beans Barton and the Bi-Peds. Within the next few days, his oral history will also be online.
Since November, we’ve been doing oral histories with members of the folk community. We’re so happy to announce that some of those are now online.
Judy Clements of the folk duo Ken and Judy talks about being a Jester Lounge regular, an early folk club in Houston.
Vince Bell discusses his time starting out in Houston up to his current work. He even performs a couple of songs and explains his unique playing style.
Richard Dobson talks about working in Houston and Nashville, and his current adventure of being a Texas singer-songwriter in Switzerland. He also discusses his songwriting process and performs two songs.
On August 23rd, 1975, Black Sabbath visited Houston and played at the Sam Houston Coliseum. This is Bruce Kessler’s interview with Tony Iommi, the band’s lead guitarist. For those who need a bit of a brush up on their Black Sabbath history, the band members in 1975 were Bill Ward, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, and Geezer Butler, the original line-up.
Kessler talks to Iommi about themes on the early albums, their music’s popularity, the band’s hiatus, solo albums, touring, and fans.
Be aware that the audio quality of this interview is poor.
There is no story behind this little item. Perhaps, it’s made of ivory. Perhaps, it was a pendant for a necklace or a bracelet charm. If you have any more information, please tell us.
Rice’s beautiful campus didn’t just happen. It has been molded over the years by a variety of staff. These are a couple who spent their careers caring for the campus grounds.
Images from: https://scholarship.rice.edu/handle/1911/75055 and https://scholarship.rice.edu/handle/1911/75053
On January 20, 1975, Rice Athletics held a press conference to announce the new Rice Owls Football coach and athletic director, Homer Rice. This is the audio from the press conference.
In the audio, Homer Rice speaks about his decision to work for Rice University and takes questions. He discusses the Total Person Program and his upcoming plans for the football program.
Coach Rice’s tenure did not last long. He left after two seasons.
We also just put up a new exhibit at the RMC documenting the history of Sammy the Owl in conjunction with Rice Athletics brand refresh event.
Image from: “Homer Rice,” Rice University Photograph Files, 1910-2015, UA 363, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
Among our Masterson Texana collection is this unusual little book about Texas.
Written by Col. Edward Stiff, the book acts as a biography of Col. Stiff, as well as a history of Texas. There are a few surprises inside, like this map.
Col. Stiff had very strong opinions about critics.
Also, this book plate from Yale is a bit unusual. I hope the book was obtained in an honest way.
Next week, KTRU will be celebrating their 50th anniversary on 4/16. In their honor, this is almost the entire of the 1976 birthday show. We couldn’t include the complete show because we wanted to avoid any copyright issues.
The weekly Thresher calendar from that week doesn’t include any programming information for KTRU. Perhaps, everyone was busy editing the birthday show broadcast, though some parts were lifted from the KTRU sign-on show from May 20, 1971.
Image from: The Rice Thresher, Monday, April 5, 1978
Not all of our memorabilia or materials in general are old, some are hot off the presses. This weekend the MOB celebrated their new practice space with a little party, an exhibit on their history, and MOB Barley.
We’ll let the poster speak for itself.
It would take quite a while to figure out the exact time the procession began and when it turned into a parade. Here are some procession images from 1977.
Also, what’s the story on the carnival?
If you want to continue walking down Beer Bike memory lane, there are many images online.