Hot Pants Hornung Hobbled By Hurt Hoof

Hotpants Hornung Hot Rat alum Erica “Hotpants” Hornung was downed this summer by an ankle injury that she claims was incurred while “stepping off a curb”. While I may not approve of Erica’s new occupation, I must congratulate her on her sense of style. Last week Erica wrote in to say that her foot was healed and that she was “working a convention” in Texas. Furthermore, she was dancing for a man who hired her and “eating lots of red meat”. We’ve been assured that these photos are the genuine article.

Original Hot Rats Newsletters Now Available!

I’ve turned all of my copies of Steve Shockley’s newsletters to our architecture class into PDF files. Now you can just click on these for those times when you’re seized with nostalgia for the good old days at Ma Tech. Scroll through soccer game recaps, Beaux Arts ball discussions, strange cartoons and Shockster’s obssessive devotion to Carolyn Machuga and Kathy Lewis.

Cartoon by architect Matt Greer

Click here to download Year One of the Hot Rats on a Stick Newsletter


Hot Rats Newsletter Year Two

Click here to download Year Two of the Hot Rats on a Stick Newsletter


Thanks to Steve Shockley for recording this era in our history.

HRSTT: The Story of the Hot Rats T-Shirts Escapades

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The Story of the Hot Rats T-Shirts Escapades
By Erica Hornung (Hot Rattus Emeritus)

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It had been suggested that we needed Hot Rats T-shirts. I vaguely remember looking though Newsweek one day in the Stud Center cafeteria as we were discussing what should go on the shirts- and came across an ad for Bijan Perfume. You rember the picture… Bijan himself, in a tux, jumping up in the air and looking, well, as if he were, shall we say, “on a stick”.
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HRSTT: The Great Bowling Ball Heist

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The Great Bowling Ball Heist
By Channing McCleod (Hot Rattus Emeritus)

Hmmmm…..I’m not exactly sure what the impetus was for the Great Bowling Ball Heist, but you can rest assured that ‘death and destruction’ were near the top of the list.

While I distinctly recall my role in the heist, and the ‘heist-er’, I don’t recall who else was directly involved with the Bowling Ball. If memory serves me correctly, I was hanging around the Architecture building with Robert Ammerman (I think)…..”What we need is something heavy…..” came up in conversation. I knew just the thing and how to get it. That’s where Kathy McPherson comes in…..(looking completely angelic I might add).
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HRSTT: Fire on the Lido Deck

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Fire on the Lido Deck
By Channing McCleod (Hot Rattus Emeritus)

During the Spring Quarter of our 3rd year as Hot Rats, fires began to burn within most of us…..for fires to burn.

There was a new guy in studio (Steve?), and he was strangely distant from the rest of us Rats. I suppose our band of merry madness was hard to join….Well ‘Steve’ was short on class participation, long on opinion, and his ‘Box with Spikes’ project had a striking resemblance to the Hejduc Boxes that Jim Williamson had under construction. So when he ‘disappeared’ from class and was gone for 3 weeks or so without even bothering to come get his stuff, we (O.K…..I ) assumed that he had quit school never to return. All the while, the Hot Rats were working themselves into a feeding frenzy of late nights, hot days, long hours and projects that seemed to be endless.
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HRSTT: John Wood’s Merriest Christmas!

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John Wood’s Merriest Christmas!
By Your Pal Drew (Hot Rattus Emeritus)

The boys over at the 10th Street Collaborative announced that they were having a Christmas Party.

Now, the 10th Street Collaborative was comprised of Mark Gardner, Tony Caparoso, Rick Odom and Tim Hagan and at some point in the fourth year they started calling their house (and themselves) by that precociously stylish, completely marketable title. Nevermind that they weren’t actually practicing architecture yet, not in any big sense of the word anyway. But the name was good and their house was on the north side of 10th street and there you go.
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HRSTT: The Amazing Mayonnaise Bridge

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John Wood Takes a Nap (or The Amazing Mayonnaise Bridge)
By Channing McCleod (Hot Rattus Emeritus)

At some point during our third year in the Architecture program at Georgia Tech, we ‘enjoyed’ yet another series of long days and nights to ‘finish’ projects that were without hope of completion or success. One of our merry cast (John Wood to name names) was having an exceptionally hard time getting his ‘banjo trusses’ and fabric sculpture roofing to morph into…..well, anything. Some of you may also remember that John was dealing with some depression during this episode….but I digress. After pulling his collective crap together, and staying up for 2 or 3 days straight, John pulled off his project and had something worth presenting to the jury…..with minutes to spare….
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Lori Brown at Syracuse University

The following news blurb was stolen from the TECH TOPICS magazine in case you missed it.

LORI BROWN, Arch 91, has been named assistant professor of architecture at Syracuse University. Brown was an architect in New York City, working with Pei Cobb Freed and Partners, Gwathmey Seigel Associate Architects, Polshek and Partners. Her work has been exhibited in New World Art Center in New York City, the Lucas Gallery in Princeton, N.J., the Atlanta Photography Gallery and the Carolina Summer Gallery in Seneca, S.C. As a volunteer in New York, she helped educate children in designing and painting murals in elementary schools. She also was director of ArtStart, an art teaching program for elementary through high school students through the nonprofit organization New York Cares. She holds a master’s degree in architecture from Princeton University and lives in Syracuse.

This of course means that all of your funny and embarrassing stories about Lori should be sent in for posting in The Hot Rat Story Time Theater as soon as possible….the young people matriculating under tutelage deserve no less!