Something better for you—that was our idea when we began planning
for the 1954 Houstonian.
We planned a Houstonian that would more accurately record the day
to day activities of the University student body. More complete coverage
was one of our ideas for a book that would, we hoped, leave no one out.
By checking through past books, we planned to avoid old omissions, to
include past ideas that had lent merit. Dead spots, stiff pictures, too formal
language in writing a college yearbook would have to go, we decided.
Wyn Wardell, our photo editor, came through with a natural lighting
photo process. The new picture taking method captures the scene as it was
at the time it was snapped.
The artifical flash light glare is gone. The natural look, a new look has
taken its place.
Of course, much of the 1954 Houstonian is old. And frankly, we think
you'll be glad. Proven methods of standard layout, writing, and checking
copy have been retained.
Sometimes, somewhere in the book, we may have goofed. But we've
done our best. We hope that this year's Houstonian will prove a true and
pleasurable record of your activities last year.
Mary Madison, Summer editor, completed her third year on the
book, busy as usual, doing her job well, but never quite drawing
the praise she deserved.
Not pictured is Jim
Mayor, Fall and Spring
editor, who got the
yearbook off to a good
start with plenty of
John Vitello, Sports editor, got to know the "Inside"
of the University's athletic setup, becoming a sort
of "Twelfth Man" on the school's teams.
Janice Lang, Class editor, had one of the toughest
jobs a staff member can hold. But her section was one
of the first to be completed and sent to the publisher.
Wyn Wardell, the Houstonian's chief Photography editor, used natural lighting for his pictures, giving yearbook shots of campus life a
On the seventh day he rested. Jim Palmer,
faculty sponsor for the Houstonian, did more
than his share of worrying and always had
the right answer when a difficult layout problem or an elusive word threw a staff member
for a loss.
Even though Bruce Underwood is sitting down in
this picture, Houstonian staffers can't be fooled.
The Journalism School's genial chairman was
always on the spot when someone needed any