The new Rice royals: Transco Smalley

Transco Tower, a Houston landmark and 1996 Homecoming King, is located at 2800 Post Oak Boulevard near the Galleria.

It is the tallest skyscraper in the U.S. not in a downtown area and the third tallest building in Houston. On weekdays, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., an observation area on level 51 is open to the public.

The Thresher did contact Transco but received no response.

This year's Homecoming Queen, Richard Smalley, is a Rice Chemistry professor whose most recent honor was the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

Last year, Smalley sported a snow-white beard and mustache; this year, he shows the world how "clean-cut" is done.

Dan Colbert, a post-doctoral fellow in Smalley's lab, said, "It's a little bit bewildering -- I mean, do you guys always do this? Has a woman ever been queen? ...Well, I'm sure Dr. Smalley will take this in good spirit."

This item appeared in the News section of the November 1, 1996 issue.

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