August 29, 2003
Time for a little laugh

Well, hey, if certain other bloggers can post interesting photos of themselves from olden times, I figure I can too. This picture was just sent to the MOB mailing list. (I'm the guy on the left, in case there's any question.) It's vintage 1991, which I can tell from the T-shirt I'm wearing, which was the official band shirt that year and was based on the movie The Rocketeer. I was fresh out of graduate school and obviously still had that grad-student look.

By the way, the surgical mask on my fedora was a prop from a show we did at the University of Texas called The MOB Looks At The Environment, in 1989. One of the bits we did was about the wreck of the Exxon Valdez. We formed a tanker on the field and played a medley of "Tequila" followed by "Wipeout", having the ship move forward during this. A gaggle of show assistants dressed up as birds flapped around nearby. When we started "Wipeout", another group of show assistants emerged from the ship formation and unfurled a huge swath of black plastic (imagine a Hefty bag large enough to cover a bus) and, um, wiped out the SA birds with it. Not in the best of taste, perhaps, but really really funny.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on August 29, 2003 to See, I do have a life! | TrackBack

My dad used to have a picture of me on the field in band. It was very hard when I went to work for him after graduation and he had this big ugly band picture of me framed on his desk. At least they could have taken it from a more flattering angle. I was in mid-stride going to an oblique with my butt the camera and my upper body turned to the side and I was blowing on my horn. I wonder if I can find that picture in his retirement rubble and post it...

Posted by: Katie on August 29, 2003 9:34 AM

Oh, by all means, do. Old band photos rock.

Posted by: Charles Kuffner on August 29, 2003 9:43 AM

Don't make me post that photo Tony sent me of Kellie's bachelor party ...

Posted by: Ginger on August 29, 2003 10:26 AM

Damn. Ginger beat me to the comment...

Posted by: Michael on August 29, 2003 11:11 AM

As I recall, Michael, you're in that photo, too. So, y'know, Mutual Assured Destruction and all that.

Posted by: Charles Kuffner on August 29, 2003 11:14 AM

Two words:
Photo. Shop.

I think you should be in that picture with Gray and Vanessa Davis. it could happen.

Posted by: Michael on August 29, 2003 12:48 PM

Go back to Woodstock, you Rice Krispy Hippie! It was the very height of effete Houston intellectualism to mock SWC programs that beat you 59-0!

Posted by: Norbizness on August 29, 2003 2:58 PM

Still thanking the powers that be that I was never in a college band...

Posted by: elgato on August 29, 2003 4:15 PM

Hey, that other guy looks familiar, too.

Chuck, the other day I was cleaning out boxes and I came across my copy of the field charts for the '90 UT show (Wizard of Arkansas). That was a pretty good show.

Posted by: Darren Dunham on September 1, 2003 9:17 PM