Category Archives: RPI Trivia

big name concerts

I’ve been working on a compilation of big name concerts held at RPI.  People occasionally ask questions about bands that played here and it’s useful to have a quick reference to that information. So far, I’ve covered the 1960’s, 70’s … Continue reading

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the mascot with a short life

The  “Engineers” moniker for athletic teams goes back to the 1920s. It was a good idea when the name summed up RPI quite well and an “image” of athletics was unnecessary. Marketing athletics can be tricky and fan support fickle, … Continue reading

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a gap in Grand Marshal history

There were no Grand Marshals elected from 1890-1893 — an unexplained gap in a long history of Grand Marshals. There were no wars, no national crises and no apparent upheavals at the Institute.  Published histories do not provide an explanation … Continue reading

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RPI Day?

Did you know that March 21st , 1974 was proclaimed “RPI Day” in New York State? Resolved, That Governor Malcolm Wilson be and hereby is respectfully memorialized to publish and declare by appropriate proclamation to the people of the state … Continue reading

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Winter Carnival

Mid-winter fesitivities with various names have come and gone over the years at Rensselaer. In 1949, the Junior class planned a Snowflake Saturnalia dance in lieu of the Junior Prom. The Rensselaer Outing Club (ROC) organized outdoor activities during the … Continue reading

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