Friday Afternoon Follies: I Give Up. What Does This Say??

Band on the way to the stadium, early 1970s, I think. What on earth does that card say?

Band early 70s secret word

Bonus: Another mystery. I noticed this last week because it was freshly painted. Were the bus stops always numbered?


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18 Responses to Friday Afternoon Follies: I Give Up. What Does This Say??

  1. e55 says:

    Perhaps, “We’re together”

  2. Owlcop says:

    Fire together, wire together, what ever it is they’re together.

  3. Deborah Gronke Bennett (BSEE Hanszen '82) says:

    What direction would a band need? “More Together”? “Sure Together”?

    • Deborah Gronke Bennett (BSEE Hanszen '82) says:

      Or “Here Together”?
      If I had my wish, Grungy would have this signboard in his collection and would tell us the definitive answer. And who was carrying it, and the names of the band people in the picture. And when it was taken. And the score of the game that day.

      • Pat Campbell says:

        That’s Bert Roth carrying the flip cards. He had them for each of the stand songs – I don’t recognize the top one. The band is marching to the stadium from the band hall/ I don’t recall the names of the flute players in the front row, but they have their cases to protect the instruments in the stands. Probably 1970 or 1971.

      • Grungy says:

        I may very well have the last of the card stacks in my so-called archives, but they haven’t surfaced in a long time.
        For the specific game info, Melissa will have to look for the inscription on the back of the photograph. Typically, they were marked in a way to determine the year and game, in pencil.

  4. Keith Cooper says:

    No, they were not numbered. Howver, local history suggests that signs painted on the curbs are changeable!

  5. Deborah Gronke Bennett (BSEE Hanszen '82) says:

    One more thing I noticed as I looked more closely at the picture. Why are the flutists in the picture carrying their flute cases under their arms, along with their flutes in marching position? They look like they are marching somewhere, but why with cases??

  6. loki_the_bubba says:

    Bus stops? Buses? We didn’t need no stinkin’ buses…

  7. loki_the_bubba says:

    ” Dare to be the ‘R’ ” works.

  8. Grungy says:

    The music librarian made up fresh cards for the songs in the book each year, adding to the regulars that were already there. The MOB does have a speaker system now, rather than a megaphone, but we no longer have the cards. Maybe they’ll come back – they worked.
    This photo is technically “before my time”, and I don’t know what the top tune is, from the clue provided.
    The band was probably playing things as they marched (?) over, so the horns were out and the cases carried. The Woodson should have at least one of those blazers – they were originally for the jazz/basketball band.

  9. ed summers, Baker, 1959 says:

    I agree, it says “We’re together” and it’s the MOB. So, what was their skit that needed a sign like that?

  10. mattnoall says:

    What buses? That stuff started “recently” I guess we just had to be in better shape since it was only muscle power in some form or other to get around everywhere. Of course it was knd of tough if you had a hard time walking aound, but then the campus was actually somewhat inaccessible in those days; most of the buildings did not even have ramped entry… much for the “good old days”…..

  11. mattnoall says:

    One more comment (surprised that nobody else haw pointed this out: the band uniforms are before the change following the Aggie riot when they lost to Rice (1973 season, I believe), so this picture has to be before 1975 (I think the band still used this uniform in my freshman year, but I cannot remember for sure the date of the “change,” so it might be 1974.

  12. Grungy says:

    Matt: The MOB wore these uniforms from ’69 to spring of ’76.
    Ed: the sign is for calling up songs while playing in the stands, not for on the field.

  13. Syd Polk says:

    The buses started in 1986. Rice started running them when they opened Gradlands. I had a bike wreck on the loop road in front of the RMC (before it was “one way”) and one of the bus drivers stopped to help me out.

  14. marmer01 says:

    Bus stop numbers are only in the last few years. Before, it just said “Bus Stop”

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