The 200th MOB Show – from idea to half-time

We’ll start on Thursday, 10 days before Homecoming.
These are selections from the insane number of emails that flew back and forth to create the Homecoming MOB show in 1997.
They are from the old MOBSHOWS listserv.
There were a lot of other emails, including some for planning the show after this.
This is just a few, to get a general idea of how shows came together.

What I had noticed, heading into the ‘97 season, was that we were really close to our 200th scatter show. With a bit of creative math, and a lack of knowledge of whether we scattered for every show in ‘71, it was determined that #200 would fall on Homecoming, for the TCU game.

Good enough.
We ran from there…

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Premise
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Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 17:35:19 -0600
To: mobshows
From: John Gladu
Subject: 200.0
Cc: old-farts, (Kimber Keany)

Gnote: much of what appears here is tongue-in-cheek rough draft.
Please do not be offended or enraged by the insane or parenthetical items.

I would like to see snippets of many of our past endeavors, like
bicycles, a squad in each of the three previous uniforms (OwlTail, Denim
and FirstFedora), cross-dressing… hmmm… actually, this is a great
chance for a dress-up show – with little pieces of all of our previous
dress-up shows…
Worst Dressed Band SMU ’74
Women ?
ghosts ARK ’81
beach many
aliens Bert era (A&M ’77?)
halloween many?
oil-slick UT ’86
Geriatric Owl Band ’75
grass skirts A&M ’84
Preppy/Punk ? ’81
Pajama SMU ?
Bunny Baylor ’80
Marx Brothers UT ’75 or ’76
…and that doesn’t begin to involve all of the costumes the SAs have worn.)
Okay – with Sean’s approval – it’s a dress-up show.

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PROPS: definite:
flying saucer and landing pad
gezilcher
possible: (depending upon personnel/expense)
pantomime airplane, car, bus, motor-home, war canoe
giant banana
giant cowbell (2001 monolith size)
any other suggestions?

Should we rent another Porta-Can?

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Rice vs TCU
November 8, 1997
Rice Stadium
Homecoming

THEME: The 200th show

ENTRANCE: scatter on to form…

Formation: ROB (way north on the field)

Gnote: the suggestion was made to use the “Genesis” opening, which was
first used for the ’87 A&M show. I don’t think we’ve used it this decade,
so it’s a possibility:

ACTION: Single squad in OwlTails & Q-Tips marches around the
field, in step, with very square turns and counter-marches.

ANNOUNCER: In the begining there was football. And the Lord said “I
shall divide football games into halves.” And between those
halves there was a void, without form or entertainment. So
the Lord said “Let there be Marching Bands!” And it was
good. And the years and the bands marched by. A second void
formed, in the minds of the fans, for they were bored . And
lo, in 1970, there appeared a special group of entertainers
to fill this void. The group was called the MOB. And it was
great. This is our 200th show.

MUSIC: Also Sprach Zarathustra (from sidelines)

Formation changes to…

FORMATION: MOB

INTRO: a squad in OwlTails and Q-Tips MARCH onto the field while
some “football players” throw passes to each other.

ANNOUNCER: Return with us to 1970. The Rice Owl Band is marching down
the field, and the football team is throwing the ball for
Bo Hagan. Neither is very successful. Then, in the TCU
game of November 1970, the band STOPS marching, and the
modern MOB is born. It took the team a little longer to
turn things around.

MUSIC: Also Sprach Zarathustra

ACTION: The marching OwlTail-clad MOBsters encounter the passing
football players. They warily check each other out. (and
the formation changes to…

FORMATION: MOB

ACTION: The football players then march, lock-step down the field,
smashing opponents, and the MOBsters start running about,
throwing Q-Tip hats to each other; song ends and MOB
scatters to…

FORMATION: 200

ANNOUNCER: (An in-depth run-down on all of the things we’ve ever done,
including formations, music, action and scripts and the
reactions of the opponents and crowd.)

MUSIC: Time Won’t Let Me

ACTION: (Every prop ever built is reprised. SAs flail about
spasmodically and then expire; song ends and MOB scatters
to…)

FORMATION: THOG

ANNOUNCER: The MOB has done roughly 1000 formations over the years –
how many could you figure out?
A) all of them
B) none of them
C) only the dirty ones
D) more than the Aggies

MUSIC: Time Warp

ACTION: ???

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FORMATION: ??? this segment

ANNOUNCER: ??? likely

MUSIC: ??? won’t

ACTION: ??? exist

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FORMATION: ???

ANNOUNCER: NOTFUNNYET
(During those 200 shows we’ve had many guests. U.T. the
UltraTerrestrial, Elvis, Santa, Marvin Zindler, Idi Amin.
Some of them have journeyed back for this show…)

MUSIC: Men in Black

ACTION: A flying saucer descends from the second deck; after
landing E.T., Elvis and Santa emerge from the central hatch
to wave to the crowd; song ends and MOB scatters to…

FORMATION: script RI_E

ANNOUNCER: (I’m going to say something poignant about the 11k+ who
can’t be here from this factoid: As of July 15, 1996, the
total number of alumni was 45,258. Of these, 6,835 were
deceased and 4,706 were of unknown location; and then
mention that there are newcomers to take their place, if
not replace them.)

MUSIC: Rice’s Honor

ACTION: ‘volunteers’ from the crowd run out to form the C.
After the song ends there is a drum-roll and the MOBsters
fall down in a cascade, starting at the base of the R. The
gong is rung by the last member of the E

EXIT: flee

MUSIC: Louie^2 on the sideline

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OTHER STUFF FROM OUR PAST:

Judge Hofheinz
Aggies
our “homes” (Athletic Department, Shepherd School, Student Advising)
budget
directors (Bert, Ken and Sean)

coaches (Hagan, Peterson, Conover, Rice, Alborn, Brown, Berndt, Goldsmith,
Hatfield)
Hagan’s last season was 1970 as I recall.
Bill Peterson coached for just 1971 before he heard the NFL calling.
Al Conover started in 1972 and lasted until 1975, I believe, then
Homer Rice coached the next two seasons before he heard the NFL calling
himself (you could’ve done a lot of “salutes to the new coach” back
then…).
Ray Alborn coached for six seasons, 1978-83 (which is the longest tenure of
any of Jess Neely’s successors so far), followed by
Watson Brown (1984 and 1985),
Jerry Berndt (1986-8),
Fred Goldsmith (1989-93), and
Ken Hatfield (1994-present)

Rice presidents (Hackerman, Rupp, Gillis)
U.S. presidents (Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton)
size (whatever we are right now to 305 (early ’75)
uniforms (have squads wearing each of the old uniforms – OwlTails, Denim,
First Fedora)
unintelligible sound systems
complaints
compliments
instrumentation
music
Louie (Preppie/Punk ’81)

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Buildup – what appears to be Monday (I don’t know how to interpret that time stamp, and I’m not going to start up Eudora to figure it out).
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Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 01:01:15 -0600
To: mobshows, old-farts, Sean Williams, Jim Bateman
From: John Gladu
Subject: dress up for 200…
Cc: Guinn Unger, Les Biffle, Susan Schneider, Robert McDonald

I’m in the process of cleaning three sets of old uniforms (OwlTails, Denim
and FirstFedora). I’ll need volunteers to wear them (and there’s no
telling what sizes I liberated from storage, other than I aimed for larger
rather than smaller when I could). I’ll be in one of the OwlTails. The
Tuttles will be in two of the Denims (their personal uniforms).

I’m figuring on six bodies in each of the types of uniforms (18 total).

The OwlTail-clad squad (I figure six of us) will have to MARCH at the
beginning of the show. Just a single rank, in step – a straight line with
countermarches, etc. It helps if you can get some kind of white shoes for
this uniform.

Dave is trying to get the Tubas in dresses (there’s a precedent).

I also have most of the old SA coveralls.

The rest of The MOB will be in historical garb (from MOB history, that is)
or the current uniform. I’d like to see squads dressed similarly, if
that’s possible (easier for the audience to figure out the pattern).

The easy ones are black trash bags (oil-blobs), white bed sheets (ghosts),
dresses (in addition to the tubas), grass skirts (they were made from
string and computer paper), bunny ears (poster-board on a coat hanger),
bathing suits, tu-tus, poodle skirts, Preppies, Punks.

bcnu – Grungy (John Gladu) Opinions are just that
Rice U. MOBster ’73-’97. ’55 Besson Brevette 10-10

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30 minutes later, tighter proposals for the first two script segments…
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Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 01:31:35 -0600
To: mobshows, old-farts
From: John Gladu
Subject: segments one and two for 200…

Rice vs TCU
November 8, 1997
Rice Stadium
Homecoming

THEME: The 200th show

ENTRANCE: scatter on to form…

FORMATION: ROB (way north on the field)

ACTION: Single squad in OwlTails & Q-Tips (shakos) marches around
the field, in step, with very square turns and
counter-marches.

MUSIC: typical high school cadence.

ANNOUNCER: In the beginning there was football. And the Lord said “I
shall divide football games into halves.” And between those
halves there was a void, without form or entertainment. So
the Lord said “Let there be Marching Bands!” And it was
good. And the years and the bands marched by. A second void
formed, in the minds of the fans, for they were bored . And
lo, in 1970, there appeared a special group of entertainers
to fill this void. The group was called the MOB. And it was
great. This is our 200th show.

MUSIC: Also Sprach Zarathustra

Gnote: CAN WE HAVE THE TYMPANI FOR THIS?

Formation changes to…

FORMATION: MOB

(possible) ACTION: SAs trot out a monolithic cowbell into the path of
the marching OwlTail squad. The squad finds inspiration in
it (in typical “2001” style) and changes from marching in
step to “left-left-left… leftleftleft” (with the entire
MOB chanting it after the song ends) and then the whistle
for the scatter to…

FORMATION: THOG

ANNOUNCER: The MOB has done roughly 1000 formations over the years –
how many could you figure out?
A) more than the Aggies
B) all of them
C) none of them
D) only the dirty ones

MUSIC: Time Warp

ACTION: entire MOB does the “jump to the left” and the formation
starts to lose… focus. (This was originally done to
“Whip It”, with the entire MOB pogoing, and the effect was
great.). SAs stage various events with whatever historical
props are handy…

bcnu – Grungy (John Gladu). Opinions are just that
Rice U. MOBster ’73-’97 ’55 Besson Brevette 10-10

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Still Monday, about 10 hours later…
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Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 11:52:58 -0500
To: MOBSHOWS
From: Keith F. Goodnight
Subject: Re: 200.0

At 11:20 PM 11/2/97, John Gladu wrote:

Definately ought to have the ET spaceship reconstructed for this one…

Dr. Goodnight must be away from his computer…

I guess I was. But I’m at it now.

Experience has taught us not to do this again.
Every subsequent weather-balloon launch after UT in ’82 was a failure.

Correct. I no longer favor attempts to recreate that triumph.

“The one thing the Universe never says is ‘encore’.”
–C.S. Lewis

We’re also not going to have “Our House”, the Metro Bus, the Space Shuttle
Columbus’ ships, the Megaborg or Mr. Staypuft. We don’t even have the
bodies to make single-person scale versions of each of these.

The SA’s are planning to put the best effort we can into making this a
Big Show. We know we have more people than went to SMU and last week we
were talking about calling up everyone who showed up for any SA meeting
this year… we ought to get at least a few of the “drifters” back for the
momentous occasion. (If not to help build props, at least to help push them
around the field.)

However, Grungy is right that we aren’t going to be able to have the
K-Tel “Show Assistants Greatest Hits” album out there on the field.
Pick the best things you want in our usual 1 or 2 things per segment
amount and we won’t let you down.

Here’s my personal Top Ten list of SA props that were outstanding
(excluding the ET balloon):

— Aggie “Eat Me” tank
— Pulsating Spam
— Hawaiian War Canoes
— Volcano (the first one)
— Columbus’ Ships
— 2001 Monolith (18′ tall)
— Wrexxon Valdez
— Pole-vaulting stick figure
— Metro Bus (though Grungy built it)
— Treadmill Yellow Brick Road

And the Top Ten costumes and/or character-oriented action:

— Barney vs Big Bird
— All Jason Chainsaw Drill Team
— Basketball Game (done several times)
— “Mark of Zorro” swordfight
— The Hook Harness
— Elvis
— ET
— Boy George
— Synchronized Swimming
— Barney vs Velociraptors

THE GOODNIGHT


  • Keith F. Goodnight *
  • Rice University, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology *

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Tuesday, 5 days out – requesting assistance from the script team
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Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 14:39:11 -0600
To: mobshows, old-farts
From: John Gladu
Subject: 200.1
Cc: Sean Williams, Melissa L. Ratner, Jim Bateman, Calan Thurow, Candace Benefiel

Gnote: the “Genesis Intro” is just too long. We’ll have to come up with
something shorter (at least I think we will – who knows). I was also
thinking of something that mentions the various components of each show –
music, formations, script and action… and guests… (Noone expects the
Spanish…) It wouldn’t hurt to have a joke at the end of each script
bit (sigh), but I can’t think of any now (except for the formation
segment).

Hammer away – help make it funny!

Rice vs TCU
November 8, 1997
Rice Stadium
Homecoming

THEME: The 200th show

ENTRANCE: scatter on to form…

FORMATION: pre – ROB (way north on the field)

ACTION: Single squad in OwlTails & Q-Tips (shakos) marches around
the field, in step, with very square turns and
counter-marches.

MUSIC: typical high school cadence.

ANNOUNCER: In the beginning there was football. And the Lord said “I
shall divide football games into halves.” And between those
halves there was a void, without form or entertainment. So
the Lord said “Let there be Marching Bands!” [F2]
And it was good. And the years and the bands marched by. A
second void formed, in the minds of the fans, for they were
bored . And lo, in 1970, [F3] there appeared a special
group of entertainers to fill this void. The group was
called the MOB. And it was great. This is our 200th show.
[39s]
MUSIC: Also Sprach Zarathustra [F4 during 2nd tympani line]

ACTION: SAs trot out a monolithic cowbell into the path of
the marching OwlTail squad. The squad finds inspiration in
it (in typical “2001” style) and changes from marching in
step to “left-left-left… leftleftleft”…

FORMATION-F2: ROB
FORMATION-F3: MOB
FORMATION-F4: 200

ACTION: song ends and MOB scatters to…

FORMATION: THOG

ANNOUNCER: The MOB has formed many things over the years – some were
obvious, some were not – how many could you figure out?
A) more than the Aggies
B) all of them
C) none of them
D) only the dirty ones [15s]

MUSIC: Time Warp

ACTION: entire MOB does the “jump to the left” and the formation
starts to lose… focus. (This was originally done to
“Whip It”, with the entire MOB pogoing, and the effect was
great.). Each letter morphs into an indiscernable blob.
The SAs hold up signs identifying the blobs, with the
possibility of multiple signs for each. If I could
remember the song better I’d say that we all snap back to
“THOG” at the “repeat” and morph again – this time into a
classic cartoon curse formation like $#*!; song ends and
MOB scatters to…

FORMATION: SA (or ACTION, if we have enough bodies, or something else
that the SAs come up with…)

ANNOUNCER: It’s not just the script, music and formations. The MOB is
unique among scatter bands because we have Show
Assistants. They are the action in our shows –
providing many memorable moments of mythic mayhem.
Time won’t let me go into detail, but they are the “zany”
in our “antics”. [17s]

MUSIC: Time Won’t Let Me

ACTION: Every prop and costume is reprised. SAs put out a Maximum
Effort until collapsing in spasms; song ends and MOB
scatters to…

FORMATION: something that points at the landing site? a bunch of
lines?

ANNOUNCER: Over the decades we’ve had many guests. U.T. the
UltraTerrestrial, Elvis, Santa, Marvin Zindler, Idi Amin,
Mattress Mac, Barney. Man or myth – some of them came back
to help us celebrate…

MUSIC: Men in Black

ACTION: A flying saucer descends from the second deck; after
landing E.T., Elvis and Santa emerge from the central hatch
to wave to the crowd; song ends and MOB scatters to…

Gnote: ooooo! Could we have Dr. Camacho or Dr. Gillis climb out of the
saucer too? Some other famous prof? (Doc C, etc.). Maybe the Student
Association President… the students would go mad…)

FORMATION: script RI_E

ANNOUNCER: But not everyone can reappear so easily. Sadly, some Owls
can never come back for Homecoming. The current students
can fill their places, but never replace them. This
“missing letter” formation is for them.

MUSIC: Rice’s Honor

ACTION: ‘volunteers’ (sheep) from the crowd run out to form the C.
After the song ends there is a drum-roll and the MOBsters
fall down in a cascade, starting at the base of the R. The
gong is rung by the last member of the E.

EXIT: flee

MUSIC: Louie^2 on the sideline

Costume and guest lists:

— Barney vs Big Bird
— All Jason Chainsaw Drill Team
— Basketball Game (done several times)
— “Mark of Zorro” swordfight
— The Hook Harness
— Elvis
— ET
— Boy George
— Synchronized Swimming
— Barney vs Velociraptors

COSTUMES…

gorilla suit (Idi Amin, air traffic controller, etc.)
frog suit (incidences of frogs in the Bible show, TCU ’79)
SWC mascots (all in Christmas Show, and various other shows)
Raptors
Barney
Energizer Bunny
ballerinas
football teams
cap & gown (s)
black trash bags (oil blobs)
ghosts (bed sheets)
aliens (entire MOB)
dresses (entire MOB)
grass skirts (entire MOB)
mop yarn (entire MOB, as hair in the Farrah Fawcett show)
funny hats (A&M ’73)
bathing suits (various)
Preppies (.5 MOB)
Punks (.5 MOB)
golfers (entire MOB)
knights
“old” makeup (Geriatric Owl Band)
Halloween (’79 A&M)
Leopard Skin cave-man (Idi Amin’s wedding minister, et al)
Samurai Cheerleaders
N.E.R.D.S.
Worst Dressed Band (entire MOB, SMU ’74)
bunny ears
armadillo head-bands
opera singer

GUESTS…

Marvin Zindler
Mattress Mac
some harmonica player
Thursday’s Children
various Houston news teams (’80)
Dr. Camacho
Rice Cheerleaders
Sammy the Owl
Hanszenettes
San Jans

bcnu – G (John Gladu) Opinions are just that
Technical Consultant & Mac Guru My August Former Employer
“Don’t have second thoughts – have a lobotomy – LobeTech!”TM

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Tuesday – Adding Show Assistant action
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Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 16:56:19 -0600
To: mobshows, old-farts
From: John Gladu
Subject: 200.2
Cc: Sean Williams, Melissa L. Ratner, Jim Bateman, Calan Thurow, Candace Benefiel

Gnote: the “Genesis Intro” is just too long. We’ll have to come up with
something shorter (at least I think we will – who knows). I was also
thinking of something that mentions the various components of each show –
music, formations, script and action… and guests… (Noone expects the
Spanish…) It wouldn’t hurt to have a joke at the end of each script
bit (sigh), but I can’t think of any now (except for the formation
segment).

Hammer away – help make it funny!

Revisions
.2 mods to script for SAs, flying saucer and RI_E

Rice vs TCU
November 8, 1997
Rice Stadium
Homecoming

THEME: The 200th show

ENTRANCE: scatter on to form…

FORMATION: pre – ROB (way north on the field)

ACTION: Single squad in OwlTails & Q-Tips (shakos) marches around
the field, in step, with very square turns and
counter-marches.

MUSIC: typical high school cadence.

ANNOUNCER: In the beginning there was football. And the Lord said “I
shall divide football games into halves.” And between those
halves there was a void, without form or entertainment. So
the Lord said “Let there be Marching Bands!” [F2]
And it was good. And the years and the bands marched by. A
second void formed, in the minds of the fans, for they were
bored . And lo, in 1970, [F3] there appeared a special
group of entertainers to fill this void. The group was
called the MOB. And it was great. This is our 200th show.
[39s]
MUSIC: Also Sprach Zarathustra [F4 during 2nd tympani line]

ACTION: SAs trot out a monolithic cowbell into the path of
the marching OwlTail squad. The squad finds inspiration in
it (in typical “2001” style) and changes from marching in
step to “left-left-left… leftleftleft”…

FORMATION-F2: ROB
FORMATION-F3: MOB
FORMATION-F4: 200

ACTION: song ends and MOB scatters to…

FORMATION: THOG

ANNOUNCER: The MOB has formed many things over the years – some were
obvious, some were not – how many could you figure out?
A) more than the Aggies
B) all of them
C) none of them
D) only the dirty ones [15s]

MUSIC: Time Warp

ACTION: entire MOB does the “jump to the left” and the formation
starts to lose… focus. (This was originally done to
“Whip It”, with the entire MOB pogoing, and the effect was
great.). Each letter morphs into an indiscernable blob.
The SAs hold up signs identifying the blobs, with the
possibility of multiple signs for each. If I could
remember the song better I’d say that we all snap back to
“THOG” at the “repeat” and morph again – this time into a
classic cartoon curse formation like $#*!; song ends and
MOB scatters to…

FORMATION: SA (or ACTION, if we have enough bodies, or something else
that the SAs come up with…)

ANNOUNCER: It’s not just script, formations, and music that make a MOB
halftime unique. There’s action. The Show Assistants put
action into our shows and provide many memorable moments
of mythic mayhem, leaving the audience well entertained
while they ask the same question we do: “Just what are
they doing?”. [17s]

MUSIC: Time Won’t Let Me

ACTION: Every prop and costume is reprised. SAs put out a Maximum
Effort until collapsing in spasms; song ends and MOB
scatters to…

FORMATION: something that points at the landing site? a bunch of
lines?

ANNOUNCER: Over the years MOB shows have featured many guest
appearances — Marvin Zindler, Mattress Mac, Barney, Santa
Claus, Elvis, and E.T., just to name a few. We’ve invited
several of them back to celebrate with us, though we had to
go pretty far to find where they’ve been lately.

MUSIC: Men in Black

ACTION: A flying saucer descends from the second deck; after
landing E.T., Elvis and Santa emerge from the central hatch
to wave to the crowd; song ends and MOB scatters to…

Gnote: ooooo! Could we have Dr. Camacho or Dr. Gillis climb out of the
saucer too? Some other famous prof? (Doc C, etc.). Maybe the Student
Association President… the students would go mad…)

FORMATION: script RI_E

ANNOUNCER: But not everyone can reappear so easily. Sadly, some Owls
can never come back for Homecoming. We can fill their
places, but never truly replace them. The “missing letter”
is for those who we will never “see” again.

MUSIC: Rice’s Honor

ACTION: ‘volunteers’ (sheep) from the crowd run out to form the C.
After the song ends there is a drum-roll and the MOBsters
fall down in a cascade, starting at the base of the R. The
gong is rung by the last member of the E.

EXIT: flee

ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen, the 1997 Rice University Marching Owl
Band.

MUSIC: Louie^2 on the sideline

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Wednesday – Mass-mailing 200th show dress up invitation
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Date: Wed, 5 Nov 1997 03:39:52 -0600
To: mobshows, Andy Hickl
From: John Gladu
Subject: 200 is a dress-up show…
Cc: Sean Williams, Melissa L. Ratner, old-farts

In case you haven’t heard, our show this Saturday is #200 for the MOB.
Yes – 200 MOB shows since the first simple parody of the other SWC bands on
the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 1970.

Since that fateful day The MOB has performed many shows in something other
than our regular uniform. These were “dress-up” shows. To emphasize the
theme we wore something… different. Something unusual… Something fun.

We can’t possibly put enough words in the script (in an eight-minute show)
to describe all of the things that have happened in shows 1 through 199.
To reprise those dress-up shows each squad is being asked to pick one of
the dress-up themes from the past and dress that way for halftime (we’ll
still have our normal uniform for pregame, just as we did back when). It’s
important to have squads dressed similarly so that the audience can
recognize and remember each dress-up theme.

There’s a sign-up list of possibilities posted in the bandhall. Please –
discuss with your squad which dress-up theme you’ll wear and sign the list.

Dress-up themes are limited, so some (unfortunate) squads may have to wear
the regular (current) uniform at halftime – so don’t delay!

Here is the list of possibilities:

OwlTails (the actual uniform from ’68 to ’75) with white shako hats
we provide the coat, pants and hat – you provide the white
shoes and suspenders (if needed). This is what I’ll be
wearing, along with two alums from “my squad” (from the
last 10 seasons) – we need three other people

Denim (the actual uniform from ’76 to ’81 – blends easily with
the crowd and repels knives and thrown drinks)
we provide the denim vest and hat and the chambray “work”
shirt – you provide the blue denim jeans (preferably not
stone-washed, but hey – we saw quite a variety of hues back
then…) and blue sneakers (if possible). This is
far-and-away the most comfortable uniform a band has ever
worn.

FirstFedora (the actual uniform from ’82 to ’94) – we provide the
pants, vest and embroidered (“MOB”) white shirt – you
provide the suspenders (if needed) and your current fedora

dresses Yes! Wear a dress. This was done at least twice – once in
honor of the Aggies allowing women to join the Corps of
Cadets (and the band). The tubas will be in dresses – we
could use at least one other squad.

pajamas Some kind of sleep-wear (other than nude). The “Pajama
Show” was the prelude to the battle-of-the-bands after the
game, between the MOB and SMU. (SMU had a tradition of
being the last band standing – and getting in the last
tune – after a game. We were determined to beat them. So
we wore pajamas to show them that we were prepared to “go
the distance”.)

bunny ears White poster-board ears, with pink centers, on a
coat-hanger frame on your hat. From the “Bunny Show” of
’80 – a stab at Baylor and their reaction to the first
“Girls of the SWC” feature in Playboy Magazine (there were
pictures from this show in a subsequent Playboy)

ghosts White sheets or trash bags over the regular uniform.
Originally done for the ’81 Arkansas show (that was
featured on PM Magazine – a local “fun” news show) for
Halloween

oil-blobs Black trash bags over the regular uniform. Done at least
twice – once for the “Mexican Oil-Blob Show” of ’79 at UT
(because of the blow-out of the Ixtoc well in the Bay of
Campeche (a well that was owned by SEDCO, which was owned
by the governor))

bathing suits Done many times, sometimes just for the fun of it and
sometimes because we just didn’t have time to distribute
the uniforms yet. Includes all possible water-sport
paraphernalia. May be quite a challenge this Saturday,
depending upon the weather

golf Wear plaid pants! Dress like the pros! Carry your clubs!
(this is from recent times – some of you may even have been
in the “Golf Show”)

Preppy Izods, Dockers, Topsiders and a soft sweater tied around
your neck. Typical (if it still exists) prep-school wear.
Originally from the “Preppy/Punk Show” of ’81, during which
we first played “Louie, Louie”

Punk Punk-rock garb. The predecessor to “grunge” (No – not
me – the music trend that started in the Pacific NW.).
The antithesis of “Preppy” (see above)

hunter-gatherer Flintstones fashions. From the “Evolution Show”
(I think). Be part of a “hunter-gatherer band”

old and grey Look old. From the “Geriatric Owl Band Show”. We were
poking at Judge Roy Hofheinz, who had ordered our script
confiscated because he didn’t like what we were saying in
the ’75 UH show in the ‘Dome

aliens Dress as your favorite alien being. I think this was done
for an A&M show in the ’70s (always near Halloween)

Halloween Wear your Halloween costume (may overlap with “ghosts” and
“aliens”. The ’79 A&M show was done in Halloween costumes
after the “Elvis/Necrophilia Show” was nixed as “too
controversial”

N.E.R.D.S Your nerdy best. High-water pants with white socks… one
shirt tail out… buttons mis-aligned… uses the regular
uniform. Done twice – first at SMU in Texas Stadium in ’83
and then here in ’89 for A&M

funny hats Eye-catching headwear. The rest of the uniform is
“ordinary”. From the ’73 A&M show (which is usually
remembered for other reasons). The most memorable headgear
was the Kaiser Wilhelm helmets on the tubas, but there were
some very clever creations and adaptations…

Worst Dressed Band From the ’74 SMU show – the last time the MOB (in its
entirety) was in the Cotton Bowl (before last week). SMU
had the “Best Dressed Band in the Land”, so we were ~ .
Anything goes (except, once again, nudity – wouldn’t want
to get Dr. Gillis upset again would we?).

The next two are reaches, one because we never dressed that way, but we can
now, the other because the Athletic Department has said “no”.

Elves Soft green clothes with pointy ears and shoes. Not done
for the “Christmas Show” of ’82, but hey – how else can you
convey the theme?

Bicycles Unfortunately, the Athletic Department must think that
bicycles can/will tear up the new AstroTurf12 (more than
the team can?) and has said “no” to having bikes on the
field. Done twice – the first time in ’76 (“the fastest
band in the land”, and also the introduction of the denim
uniforms) and the second in ’82.

bcnu – Grungy (John Gladu) Opinions are just that
Rice U. MOBster ’73-’97 ’55 Besson Brevette 10-10

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Wednesday – tweaking the opening lines
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From: Michael B. Wakin
To: MOBSHOWS
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 1997 12:41:19 +0000
Subject: Re: 200.2

Gnote: the “Genesis Intro” is just too long.
ANNOUNCER: In the beginning there was football. And the Lord said “I
shall divide football games into halves.” And between those
halves there was a void, without form or entertainment. So
the Lord said “Let there be Marching Bands!” [F2]
And it was good. And the years and the bands marched by. A
second void formed, in the minds of the fans, for they were
bored . And lo, in 1970, [F3] there appeared a special
group of entertainers to fill this void. The group was
called the MOB. And it was great. This is our 200th show.

Shorten by making less theological:
ANNOUNCER: In the beginning there was football, and football was
divided into halves, and in between there was a void.
And Behold! Marching Bands filled the void. And it was
good. And so the years and bands marched on, until a
new void appeared, in the minds of the fans, for they
were bored. And then for the past 200 halftimes, there
was the MOB. And it was great.
[26s]

How ’bout a compromise? Something like:

ANNOUNCER: In the beginning there was football, and football was
divided into halves, and in between there was a void. And Behold!
Marching Bands filled the void. And it was good. And so the years
and bands marched on, until a new void appeared, in the minds of
the fans, for they were bored. And lo, in 1970, there appeared
a special group of entertainers to fill this void. The group was
called the MOB. And it was great. This is our 200th show.

I really like the ending better this way. I know it looks about the
same on e-paper, but I think it will be much more effective.
Timewise, this is somewhere in between the other two suggestions.

This has the potential of being a great intro. I hope we don’t have
to shorten it much.

-Mike

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Wednesday – the props are tightened up
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Date: Wed, 5 Nov 1997 11:04:13 -0500
To: MOBSHOWS
From: Keith F. Goodnight
Subject: SA’s in 200

Yesterday at the SA Meeting we picked actual stuff for the “SA’s recreate
everything until they collapse in spasms” scene.

For reference (and whatever impact on the script it has), here’s what we
are doing:

–Opener: Monolithic Cowbell. We are assuming that musicians will play the
squads in old uniforms.

–THOG: Probably a sign saying “What the Hell is This!?” or words to that
effect, to go with the you-don’t-get-this script.

–Prop Scene: 4 great and historic props:
1) Wrexxon Valdez
2) M.O.S.S. Space Shuttle
3) Volcano
4) Columbus Ship

These will be reduced-scale versions of the originals, to permit us to actually finish them (since the originals of all these were each “The Big Prop” in their respective shows). Our plan is to probably put one at each corner of the field/formation. (MOB form 4 arrows, pointing at each one?)

As bonuses, we will (probably) bring and display pre-made “golden oldies” like the pineapple, owls, ghetto-blaster, etc.

–Costume Scene: Flying Saucer/Landing pad.
Costumes: E.T.
Elvis
Grim Reaper
Big Bird
We assume Stan will play Santa and still has his costume

(Sarah, did I forget anything?)

THE GOODNIGHT

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it’s Wednesday, and we’re down to Grungy’s infamous multiple-version system of script writing – putting them all in so that none are forgotten, and maybe one will be selected (and then modified)
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Date: Wed, 5 Nov 1997 15:27:54 -0600
To: mobshows, old-farts
From: John Gladu
Subject: 200.3
Cc: Sean Williams, Melissa L. Ratner, Mike Gladu

==========================================================================

Revisions
.3 mods to Genesis intro (suggested) added more specific SA action
.2 mods to script for SAs, flying saucer and RI_E

Rice vs TCU
November 8, 1997
Rice Stadium
Homecoming

THEME: The 200th show

ENTRANCE: scatter on to form…

FORMATION: pre – ROB (way north on the field)

ACTION: During the introductory script, a single squad in OwlTails
& Q-Tips marches around the field, in step, with very
square turns and counter-marches.

MUSIC: typical high school cadence.

historic version…
ANNOUNCER: In the beginning there was football. And the Lord said “I
shall divide football games into halves.” And between those
halves there was a void, without form or entertainment. So
the Lord said “Let there be Marching Bands!” [F2]
And it was good. And the years and the bands marched by. A
second void formed, in the minds of the fans, for they were
bored . And lo, in 1970, [F3] there appeared a special
group of entertainers to fill this void. The group was
called the MOB. And it was great. This is our 200th show.
[39s]

Goodnight version…
ANNOUNCER: In the beginning there was football, and football was
divided into halves, and in between there was a void.
And Behold! Marching Bands filled the void. And it was
good. And so the years and bands marched on, until a
new void appeared, in the minds of the fans, for they
were bored. And then for the past 200 halftimes, there
was the MOB. And it was great.

Gnote: I agree with Keith that the “200th show” line doesn’t belong at the
end and “…it was great” does. But this way of inserting isn’t doing it
for me. There’s got to be something…

Mike Wakin’s version…
ANNOUNCER: In the beginning there was football, and football was
divided into halves, and in between there was a void. And
Behold! Marching Bands filled the void. And it was good.
And so the years and bands marched on, until a new void
appeared, in the minds of the fans, for they were bored.
And lo, in 1970, there appeared a special group of
entertainers to fill this void. The group was called the
MOB. And it was great. This is our 200th show.

Grungy’s version…
ANNOUNCER: In the beginning there was football, and football was
divided into halves, and between the halves was a void,
without form or entertainment. And Behold! Marching Bands
filled the void. [F2] And it was good. And so the years
and bands marched on, until a new void appeared, in the
minds of the fans, for they were bored. And lo, in 1970,
[F3] there appeared a special group of entertainers to fill
this void. The group was called the MOB. And it was great.
Ladies and gentlemen – this is The MOB’s 200th show.
[34s]

MUSIC: Also Sprach Zarathustra [F4 during 2nd tympani line]

ACTION: SAs trot out a monolithic cowbell into the path of
the marching OwlTail squad. The squad finds inspiration in
it (in typical “2001” style) and changes from marching in
step to “left-left-left… leftleftleft”…

FORMATION-F2: ROB
FORMATION-F3: MOB
FORMATION-F4: 200

ACTION: song ends and MOB scatters to…

FORMATION: THOG

ANNOUNCER: The MOB has formed many things over the years – some were
obvious, some were not – how many could you figure out?
A) more than the Aggies
B) all of them
C) none of them
D) only the dirty ones [15s]

MUSIC: Time Warp

ACTION: entire MOB does the “jump to the left” and the formation
starts to lose… focus. (This was originally done to
“Whip It”, with the entire MOB pogoing, and the effect was
great.). Each letter morphs into an indiscernable blob.
The SAs hold up signs identifying the blobs, with the
possibility of multiple signs for each. If I could
remember the song better I’d say that we all snap back to
“THOG” at the “repeat” and morph again – this time into a
classic cartoon curse formation like $#*!; song ends and
MOB scatters to…

FORMATION: SA (or ACTION, if we have enough bodies, or something else
that the SAs come up with…)

ANNOUNCER: It’s not just script, formations, and music that make a MOB
halftime unique. There’s action. The Show Assistants put
action into our shows and provide many memorable moments
of mythic mayhem, leaving the audience well entertained
while they ask the same question we do: “Just what are
they doing?”. [17s]

MUSIC: Time Won’t Let Me

ACTION: Four great props reappear
1) Wrexxon Valdez
2) M.O.S.S. Space Shuttle
3) Volcano
4) Columbus Ship
Plus the standards from the closet (pineapple, owls,
ghetto-blaster, screws, etc.) SAs put out a Maximum
Effort until collapsing in spasms; song ends and MOB
scatters to…

FORMATION: something that points at the landing site? a bunch of
lines?

ANNOUNCER: Over the years MOB shows have featured many guest
appearances — Marvin Zindler, Mattress Mac, Barney, Santa
Claus, Elvis, and E.T., just to name a few. We’ve invited
several of them back to celebrate with us, though we had to
go pretty far to find where they’ve been lately. [19s]

MUSIC: Men in Black

ACTION: A flying saucer descends from the second deck; after
landing E.T., Elvis, Grim Reaper, Big Bird, Santa [and Dr.
Camacho] emerge from the central hatch to wave to the
crowd; song ends and MOB scatters to…

FORMATION: script RI_E

ANNOUNCER: But not everyone can reappear so easily. Sadly, some Owls
can never come back for Homecoming. We can fill their
places, but never truly replace them. The “missing letter”
is for those who we will never “see” again. [16s]

MUSIC: Rice’s Honor

ACTION: ‘volunteers’ (sheep) from the crowd run out to form the C.
After the song ends there is a drum-roll and the MOBsters
fall down in a cascade, starting at the base of the R. The
gong is rung by the last member of the E.

EXIT: flee

ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen, the 1997 Rice University Marching Owl
Band.

MUSIC: Louie^2 on the sideline

bcnu – John Gladu Opinions are just that
jgladu@a.place.com Rice U. MOBster ’73 – ’97

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Thursday – an opening is chosen, and we’re running from there – the game is in two days
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Date: Thu, 6 Nov 1997 01:12:44 -0600
To: mobshows, old-farts, Sean Williams, Melissa L. Ratner, Greg Marshall,
Bill Cousins, Mike Gladu
From: John Gladu
Subject: 200.4
Cc: Jim Bateman, Kimber Keany, Robert McDonald

Gnote: it looks like we’re coming in well under eight minutes, with the
cuts in the music… (something must be wrong;-) There might even
be time to tie the Louie^2 intro into the show…
have the gong-player double on the cowbell? Any suggestions?

Gnote2: Examples of the previous uniforms are hanging from the ceiling in
the front of the bandhall. Three squads of flutes have chosen
“pajamas”. Get with your squad during rehearsal to decide on what
to wear. If you need help with your costume, let me know.
Do we already have enough poster-board to make some bunny ears

(should take only a sheet or two)?

Revisions
.4 picked an opening, suggested more action, added formations and times
.3 mods to Genesis intro (suggested) added more specific SA action
.2 mods to script for SAs, flying saucer and RI_E

Rice vs TCU
November 8, 1997
Rice Stadium
Homecoming

THEME: The 200th show

ENTRANCE: scatter on to form…

FORMATION: pre – ROB (way north on the field; Sean directs from
mid-field)

ACTION: During the introductory script, a single squad in OwlTails
& Q-Tips marches around the field, in step, with very
square turns and counter-marches.

MUSIC: typical high school cadence.

ANNOUNCER: In the beginning there was football, and football was
divided into halves, and between the halves was a void,
without form or entertainment. And Behold! Marching Bands
filled the void. [F2] And it was good. And so the years
and bands marched on, until a new void appeared, in the
minds of the fans, for they were bored. And lo, in 1970,
[F3] there appeared a special group of entertainers to fill
this void. The group was called the MOB. And it was great.
Ladies and gentlemen – this is The MOB’s 200th show.
[34s]

MUSIC: Also Sprach Zarathustra [F4 during 2nd tympani line]
[50s/84s]

ACTION: SAs trot out a monolithic cowbell into the path of
the marching OwlTail squad. The squad finds inspiration in
it (in typical “2001” style) and changes from marching in
step to “left-left-left… leftleftleft”…

Gnote: an addition to this action occurred to me – we have a couple of
saber-wielding Aggies that approach the marching OwlTail squad and the
squad turns as a unit away from them to get away, finally turning to face
CMA-1 (Cowbell Magnetic Anomaly – 1). After it makes them more
intelligent, the squad chases off the Aggies… I don’t know how this
would impact the already-overworked SAs…

FORMATION-F2: ROB
FORMATION-F3: MOB
FORMATION-F4: 200

ACTION: song ends and MOB scatters to…

FORMATION: THOG

ANNOUNCER: The MOB has formed many things over the years – some were
obvious, some were not – how many could you figure out?
A) more than the Aggies
B) all of them
C) none of them
D) only the dirty ones [15s/99s]

MUSIC: Time Warp (with cuts) [60s/159s]

ACTION: entire MOB does the “jump to the left” and the formation
starts to lose… focus. (This was originally done to
“Whip It”, with the entire MOB pogoing, and the effect was
great.). Each letter morphs into an indiscernable blob.
The SAs hold up signs identifying the blobs, with the
possibility of multiple signs for each. If I could
remember the song better I’d say that we all snap back to
“THOG” at the “repeat” and morph again – this time into a
classic cartoon curse formation like $#*!; song ends and
MOB scatters to…

FORMATION: inverse crossroads (more like arrows pointing out)

ANNOUNCER: It’s not just script, formations, and music that make a MOB
halftime unique. There’s action. The Show Assistants put
action into our shows and provide many memorable moments
of mythic mayhem, leaving the audience well entertained
while they ask the same question we do: “Just what are
they doing?”. [17s/176s]

MUSIC: Time Won’t Let Me [55s/231s]

ACTION: Four great props reappear
1) Wrexxon Valdez
2) M.O.S.S. Space Shuttle
3) Volcano
4) Columbus Ship
Plus the standards from the closet (pineapple, owls,
ghetto-blaster, screws, etc.) [If I can get one in time, a
Port-A-Can is placed at the crown of the field between the
MOSS and the Columbus Ship. They move across the field
toward each other and both stop for a potty-break, then
continue to the far side of the field.] SAs put out a
Maximum Effort until collapsing in spasms; song ends and
MOB scatters to…

FORMATION: a half-asterisk formation _| with the vertical on the
south 30, focusing on the /| landing platform. Sean
will direct from the center of the 50.

ANNOUNCER: Over the years MOB shows have featured many guest
appearances — Marvin Zindler, Mattress Mac, Barney, Santa
Claus, Elvis, and E.T., just to name a few. We’ve invited
several of them back to celebrate with us, though we had to
go pretty far to find where they’ve been lately.
[19s/250s]

MUSIC: Men in Black [100s/350s]

ACTION: A flying saucer descends from the second deck; after
landing E.T., Elvis, Grim Reaper, Big Bird, Santa [and Dr.
Camacho] emerge from the central hatch to wave to the
crowd; song ends and MOB scatters to…

FORMATION: script RI_E

ANNOUNCER: But not everyone can reappear so easily. Sadly, some Owls
can never come back for Homecoming. We can fill their
places, but never truly replace them. The “missing letter”
is for those who we will never “see” again. [16s/366s]

MUSIC: Rice’s Honor [50s/416s]

ACTION: Band leftovers (family and friends) and the cheerleaders
run out to form the C toward the end of “Rice’s Honor”.
After the song ends there is a drum-roll and the MOBsters
fall down in a cascade, starting at the base of the R. The
gong is rung by the last member of the E. [30s/446s]

EXIT: flee

ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen, the 1997 Rice University Marching Owl
Band.

MUSIC: Louie^2 on the sideline

bcnu – Grungy (John Gladu) Opinions are just that
Rice U. MOBster ’73-’97 ’55 Besson Brevette 10-10

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Thursday – the answer to the question “how do astronauts go to the bathroom in space?” is rented
(I have the invoice here, somewhere. It was my dopey idea, so I paid for it.)

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Date: Thu, 6 Nov 1997 11:56:51 -0600
To: mobshows
From: John Gladu
Subject: Port-A-Can…
Cc: Sean Williams, old-farts

Aztec Rentals will deliver the Port-A-Can to the southeast entrance of the
stadium at 9am on Saturday.
They will pick it up, from the bandhall sometime on Monday.

(-: Life is good 🙂

bcnu – John Gladu Opinions are just that
jgladu@still.nope.com Rice U. MOBster ’73 – ’97

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Friday – working out casting and costuming details
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Date: Fri, 7 Nov 1997 09:47:03 -0600
To: mobshows, old-farts, Sean Williams
From: John Gladu
Subject: Aggies for tomorrow…

We really need two to four Aggies for the opening of tomorrow’s show.

Does the SA WonderCloset include Aggie-like costumes, with sabers?

We may have enough “volunteers” to be in the costumes, but we need the
costumes for this to be at all possible.

The idea here is:

MUSIC: Also Sprach Zarathustra

ACTION: SAs trot out a monolithic cowbell to the east hashmark on
the 50 yard line (“above” the OwLogo). Saber-wielding
Aggies approach the marching OwlTail squad and the squad
turns as a unit away from them to get away, finally
marching over to face CMA-1 (Cowbell Magnetic Anomaly – 1).
After it makes them more intelligent, the squad vigorously
chases off the Aggies…

bcnu – John Gladu Opinions are just that
jgladu@not.ever.com Rice U. MOBster ’73 – ’97

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Friday, after a rehearsal, where the timing is being hammered out, we’re on v.4.1
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Date: Fri, 7 Nov 1997 16:47:49 -0600
To: mobshows, old-farts, Sean Williams, Melissa L. Ratner, Greg Marshall,
Mike Gladu
From: John Gladu
Subject: 200.4.1
Cc: Jim Bateman, Kimber Keany, Robert McDonald,
edea (identity forgotten)

Gnote: the cascade in the script RICE is actually going much faster than I
had guessed. There’s actually time to put some sort of cowbell
intro into Louie^2 there (I think). I had been toying with an
Energizer Bunny bit, but I have a feeling the SAs will kill me if I
add any more…

Gnote2: It sounds like the squads have really gotten into the dress-up part
of the show. Thanks! If you’re still in a plain new uniform at
halftime I am quite likely to put you in a trash bag or insert
bunny ears in your hatband. You have been warned.
I bought posterboard, pink markers and scissors at lunchtime and
There is now an example on Timmy in the
bandhall.

Revisions
.4.1 added more specific action for the opening modified the “Time Warp” action to fit reality
.4 picked an opening, suggested more action, added formations and times
.3 mods to Genesis intro (suggested) added more specific SA action
.2 mods to script for SAs, flying saucer and RI_E

Rice vs TCU
November 8, 1997
Rice Stadium
Homecoming

THEME: The 200th show

ENTRANCE: scatter on to form…

FORMATION: pre – ROB (way north on the field)

ACTION: During the introductory script the OwlTail Squad (OTS)
marches from the 20 to the 35 and then countermarches back
and forth between the 35 and 30 until the music starts.

MUSIC: typical high school cadence.

ANNOUNCER: In the beginning there was football, and football was
divided into halves, and between the halves was a void,
without form or entertainment. And Behold! Marching Bands
filled the void. [F2] And it was good. And so the years
and bands marched on, until a new void appeared, in the
minds of the fans, for they were bored. And lo, in 1970,
[F3] there appeared a special group of entertainers to fill
this void. The group was called the MOB. And it was great.
Ladies and gentlemen – this is The MOB’s 200th show.
[34s]

MUSIC: Also Sprach Zarathustra [F4 during 2nd tympani line]
[50s/84s]

ACTION: The aggies will taunt the OTS, during the script, with much
yelling and brandishing of sabers. An OTS member falls
down out of fear. The Cowbell Marching Anomaly – 1 (CMA-1)
is carried out and literally bumps into the aggies from
behind. (Timed so that the ‘bump’ coincides with the
beginning of the music.) The aggie-clan stops for a moment
to stare stupidly at CMA-1, then they go back to taunting.
The OTS marches around the aggie-clan to CMA-1 and then
imitates Moonwatcher’s clan at the first monolith. They
receive enlightenment from CMA-1. After the second tympani
part (this is the final instrumental phrase) the OTS turns
from CMA-1 and confronts the aggie-clan. The aggie-clan
stops taunting when they realize that the OTS is no longer
afraid. Then the OTS charges the aggie-clan, takes their
weapons and chases them off the field.

FORMATION-F2: ROB
FORMATION-F3: MOB
FORMATION-F4: 200

ACTION: song ends and MOB scatters to…

FORMATION: THOG

ANNOUNCER: The MOB has formed many things over the years – some were
obvious, some were not – how many could you figure out?
A) more than the Aggies
B) all of them
C) none of them
D) only the dirty ones [15s/99s]

MUSIC: Time Warp (with cuts) [60s/159s]

ACTION: Entire MOB does the “jump to the left” and the formation
starts to lose… focus. Each letter morphs into an
indiscernable blob. The SAs hold up a sign identifying the
formation; song ends and MOB scatters to…

FORMATION: inverse crossroads (more like arrows pointing out)

ANNOUNCER: It’s not just script, formations, and music that make a MOB
halftime unique. There’s action. The Show Assistants put
action into our shows and provide many memorable moments
of mythic mayhem, leaving the audience well entertained
while they ask the same question we do: “Just what are
they doing?”. [17s/176s]

MUSIC: Time Won’t Let Me [55s/231s]

ACTION: Four great props reappear: 1) Wrexxon Valdez, 2) M.O.S.S.
Space Shuttle, 3) Volcano, 4) Columbus Ship. Plus the
standards from the closet (pineapple, owls, ghetto-blaster,
screws, etc.) A Port-A-Can is placed at the crown of the
field between the MOSS and the Columbus Ship. They move
across the field toward each other and both stop for a
potty-break, then continue to the far side of the field.
SAs put out a Maximum Effort until collapsing in spasms;
song ends and MOB scatters to…

FORMATION: a half-asterisk formation _| with the vertical on the
south 30, focusing on the /| landing platform. Sean
will direct from the center of the 50.

ANNOUNCER: Over the years MOB shows have featured many guest
appearances — Marvin Zindler, Mattress Mac, Barney, Santa
Claus, Elvis, and E.T., just to name a few. We’ve invited
several of them back to celebrate with us, though we had to
go pretty far to find where they’ve been lately.
[19s/250s]

MUSIC: Men in Black [100s/350s]

ACTION: A flying saucer descends from the second deck; after
landing E.T., Elvis, Grim Reaper, Big Bird, Santa [and Dr.
Camacho] emerge from the central hatch to wave to the
crowd; song ends and MOB scatters to…

FORMATION: script RI_E

ANNOUNCER: But not everyone can reappear so easily. Sadly, some Owls
can never come back for Homecoming. We can fill their
places, but never truly replace them. The “missing letter”
is for those who we will never “see” again. [16s/366s]

MUSIC: Rice’s Honor [50s/416s]

ACTION: Band leftovers (family and friends) and the cheerleaders
run out to form the C toward the end of “Rice’s Honor”.
After the song ends there is a drum-roll and the MOBsters
fall down in a cascade, starting at the base of the R. The
gong is rung by the last member of the E. [10s/426s]

EXIT: flee

ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen, the 1997 Rice University Marching Owl
Band.

MUSIC: Louie^2 on the sideline

bcnu – John Gladu Opinions are just that
jgladu@wrongness.com Rice U. MOBster ’73 – ’97

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A bit later on Friday, another detail…
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Date: Fri, 7 Nov 1997 17:17:59 -0600
To: mobshows, Sean Williams, Melissa L. Ratner
From: John Gladu
Subject: the OwlTail Squad needs a drummer…

The OwlTail Squad could use a drummer.

We really ought to have a simple cadence playing while we march mindlessly
back and forth.

I may be able to recruit one from the Alumni Band, if there are any
drummers in that group.

Do we have any drums for the alums to use?

bcnu – John Gladu Opinions are just that
jgladu@dinsdale.edu Rice U. MOBster ’73 – ’97

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Punchline – later on Friday, version 4.2 – why may or may not be the final version
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Date: Fri, 7 Nov 1997 17:26:40 -0600
To: mobshows, old-farts, Sean Williams, Melissa L. Ratner
From: John Gladu
Subject: 200.4.2

Revisions
.4.2 removed Sean placement for “Time Won’t Let Me” replaced “who” with “Owls” in final segment
.4.1 added more specific action for the opening modified the “Time Warp” action to fit reality
.4 picked an opening, suggested more action, added formations and times
.3 mods to Genesis intro (suggested) added more specific SA action
.2 mods to script for SAs, flying saucer and RI_E
.1 initial public offering
.0 preview
.0a alpha version

Gnote: the cascade in the script RICE is actually going much faster than I
had guessed. There’s actually time to put some sort of cowbell
intro into Louie^2 there (I think). I had been toying with an
Energizer Bunny bit, but I have a feeling the SAs will kill me if I
add any more… It appears to be 7:06 as is, which is great.

Gnote2: It sounds like the squads have really gotten into the dress-up part
of the show. Thanks! If you’re still in a plain new uniform at
halftime I am quite likely to put you in a trash bag or insert
bunny ears in your hatband. You have been warned.
I bought posterboard, pink markers and scissors at lunchtime and
There is now an example on Timmy in the
bandhall.

Rice vs TCU
November 8, 1997
Rice Stadium
Homecoming

THEME: The 200th show

ENTRANCE: scatter on to form…

FORMATION: pre – ROB (way north on the field)

ACTION: During the introductory script the OwlTail Squad (OTS)
marches from the 20 to the 35 and then countermarches back
and forth between the 35 and 30 until the music starts.

MUSIC: typical high school cadence.

ANNOUNCER: In the beginning there was football, and football was
divided into halves, and between the halves was a void,
without form or entertainment. And Behold! Marching Bands
filled the void. [F2] And it was good. And so the years
and bands marched on, until a new void appeared, in the
minds of the fans, for they were bored. And lo, in 1970,
[F3] there appeared a special group of entertainers to fill
this void. The group was called the MOB. And it was great.
Ladies and gentlemen – this is The MOB’s 200th show.
[34s]

MUSIC: Also Sprach Zarathustra [F4 during 2nd tympani line]
[50s/84s]

ACTION: The aggies will taunt the OTS, during the script, with much
yelling and brandishing of sabers. An OTS member falls
down out of fear. The Cowbell Marching Anomaly – 1 (CMA-1)
is carried out and literally bumps into the aggies from
behind. (Timed so that the ‘bump’ coincides with the
beginning of the music.) The aggie-clan stops for a moment
to stare stupidly at CMA-1, then they go back to taunting.
The OTS marches around the aggie-clan to CMA-1 and then
imitates Moonwatcher’s clan at the first monolith. They
receive enlightenment from CMA-1. After the second tympani
part (this is the final instrumental phrase) the OTS turns
from CMA-1 and confronts the aggie-clan. The aggie-clan
stops taunting when they realize that the OTS is no longer
afraid. Then the OTS charges the aggie-clan, takes their
weapons and chases them off the field.

FORMATION-F2: ROB
FORMATION-F3: MOB
FORMATION-F4: 200

ACTION: song ends and MOB scatters to…

FORMATION: THOG

ANNOUNCER: The MOB has formed many things over the years – some were
obvious, some were not – how many could you figure out?
A) more than the Aggies
B) all of them
C) none of them
D) only the dirty ones [15s/99s]

MUSIC: Time Warp (with cuts) [60s/159s]

ACTION: Entire MOB does the “jump to the left” and the formation
starts to lose… focus. Each letter morphs into an
indiscernable blob. The SAs hold up a sign identifying the
formation; song ends and MOB scatters to…

FORMATION: inverse crossroads (more like arrows pointing out)

ANNOUNCER: It’s not just script, formations, and music that make a MOB
halftime unique. There’s action. The Show Assistants put
action into our shows and provide many memorable moments
of mythic mayhem, leaving the audience well entertained
while they ask the same question we do: “Just what are
they doing?”. [17s/176s]

MUSIC: Time Won’t Let Me [55s/231s]

ACTION: Four great props reappear: 1) Wrexxon Valdez, 2) M.O.S.S.
Space Shuttle, 3) Volcano, 4) Columbus Ship. Plus the
standards from the closet (pineapple, owls, ghetto-blaster,
screws, etc.) A Port-A-Can is placed at the crown of the
field between the MOSS and the Columbus Ship. They move
across the field toward each other and both stop for a
potty-break, then continue to the far side of the field.
SAs put out a Maximum Effort until collapsing in spasms;
song ends and MOB scatters to…

FORMATION: a half-asterisk formation _| with the vertical on the
south 30, focusing on the /| landing platform.

ANNOUNCER: Over the years MOB shows have featured many guest
appearances — Marvin Zindler, Mattress Mac, Barney, Santa
Claus, Elvis, and E.T., just to name a few. We’ve invited
several of them back to celebrate with us, though we had to
go pretty far to find where they’ve been lately.
[19s/250s]

MUSIC: Men in Black [100s/350s]

ACTION: A flying saucer descends from the second deck; after
landing E.T., Elvis, Grim Reaper, Big Bird, Santa [and Dr.
Camacho] emerge from the central hatch to wave to the
crowd; song ends and MOB scatters to…

FORMATION: script RI_E

ANNOUNCER: But not everyone can reappear so easily. Sadly, some Owls
can never come back for Homecoming. We can fill their
places, but never truly replace them. The “missing letter”
is for those Owls we will never “see” again. [16s/366s]

MUSIC: Rice’s Honor [50s/416s]

ACTION: Band leftovers (family and friends) and the cheerleaders
run out to form the C toward the end of “Rice’s Honor”.
After the song ends there is a drum-roll and the MOBsters
fall down in a cascade, starting at the base of the R. The
gong is rung by the last member of the E. [10s/426s]

EXIT: flee

ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen, the 1997 Rice University Marching Owl
Band.

MUSIC: Louie^2 on the sideline

bcnu – John Gladu Opinions are just that
jgladu@thatsallfolks.org Rice U. MOBster ’73 – ’97

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Thanks…
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Date: Sat, 8 Nov 1997 21:49:38 -0600
To: mobshows, old-farts
From: John Gladu
Subject: 200.4.2.thanks

My thanks to all involved for the massive effort that made “The 200th Show”
work. It was a pretty special day for me…

bcnu – Grungy (John Gladu) Opinions are just that
Rice U. MOBster ’73-’97 ’55 Besson Brevette 10-10