Howard Rice in the Law Library

We’re back, and this time, we’ve got a more academic approach to a long-time member of our team. One of our developers happened across another connection while studying for finals. Sounds like the mystery is deepening around the star of our game. 

Check out her story below, and keep reading for more information about what’s so special about Mr. Howard Rice. 

Between the Stacks

When I’m not playing detective for the Howard Rice Connection site, I’m a law student. My mom was an attorney for most of my life, so it’s something I grew up around. That’s what brought me to the legal library on a humid Saturday, where I had an encounter with a more historical Howard. 

I was looking up some books about employment law, hoping to read more about employment discrimination (it’s an issue I want to focus on when I’m part of a firm),when this portrait caught my eye. 

It’s massive, and it looms over the rest of the library with this imposing, almost intimidating air. I couldn’t stop glancing back up at the severe man with the handlebar mustache. I had almost forgotten that I was there to finish my report on the Americans with Disabilities Act and its impact.

Of course, when I got to the circulation desk, I had to ask, “Excuse me, but who’s that guy in the portrait?”

“Oh, that’s actually a family member,” she beamed, clearly proud of her family legacy. “He founded this library, in fact. Or, at least, he donated the money to start it. From what I’ve heard, he wasn’t much of a reader.”

“Was he a lawyer?”

“He was more of a soldier, really, but he had a strong interest in justice and leading the people. He donated a significant portion of his fortune to establish this library—with enough left over for his five children to start their own lives, of course.”

“Wow, five kids. I can’t imagine. How are you related, anyway?”

“Oh, well, let’s see . . .” She mulled it over, getting the roots of the family tree straight in her mind. “. . . My mother was a Lee, and Granny Lee was originally a Rice. She wasn’t a direct descendant, though. I believe he was an uncle to her, which would make him my . . . great-great uncle?” She chuckled. “Oh, well, you get the idea.”

I paused. “And, uh, if you don’t mind my asking, what was his name?”

She shook her head. “Oh, silly old me! I forgot to even mention. That man was General Howard J. Rice, dear. There are a few books in here about him, if you’re interested. But, back to business. May I see your library card?”

Making the Connections 

Once more, our team would like to make a shout-out to all the people out there who are checking out our stories and who want to learn more about this little project. What started out as a fun game among friends has grown to cover the nation and so many players. Maybe one day, we’ll even figure out what it is about Howard Rice that has led to so many findings. 

If you’re interested in more of the Howard Rice Connection, read on for more examples and information about our stories. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we spot another Mr. Rice. 

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