Monday, February 18, 2019

The John Waters Is More Fun Than A Hurricane Say Cheese! Link Up

Once upon a time in the late 70s/early 80s, I was in school at the University of Wisconsin and watched a merry band of pranksters run for student senate. They made it rain watermelon, togas and pink flamingos. The flamingos planted on Basom Hill were said to have blown in from a Florida hurricane although I thought they were a tribute to John Waters.

The sign might as well have said, "Let's see how many people we can fit on the ice in one spot on a warm day."

They also brought the Statue of Liberty to Lake Mendota. I was there when it first went up, for a resurrection in 2010 and again for a surprise addition to the Winter Carnival this February (held on a lake with warning signs not to walk on the lake).
"You maniacs, you blew it up!"

When the Statue of Liberty first rose from the frozen bosom of Lake Mendota I thought it was a tribute to the last scene of Planet of the Apes with less statue and more ice.

 "What does it take to make you look up from your phones, ice head here!"

The jesters behind it were members of the WSA (Wisconsin Student Association), most notably Leon Varjian (RIP) and the Mink Stole to his Divine, Jim Mallon (MST3K, Blood Hook).

Say Cheese! Statue of Liberty arm

Lady Liberty was part of a student campaign promise but Leon Varjian did a lot more than my feeble brain remembers. There's a pretty good obit for him here in the State Journal. The paper also found some great photos to remember him by.

I can't think of anything cheesier than Leon Varjian, Jim Mallon and the Statue of Liberty rising from Lake Mendota.

So Let's Say Cheese! It's time for this week's Link Up

49 comments:

  1. Well isnt this quit a site, looks like the statue is rising from the water, through the ice. Made me smile.

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    1. Hi Karren, I found a recent blog of yours but the comments aren't clickable or something. Yes, it is draws a big crowd even after all these years.

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    1. I remember how cool I thought when the original went up, Fi.

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  3. Sounded like fun, the statue has quite an effect like that doesn't it, nice post and captures :-)

    Have a libertytastic week :-)

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    1. I think it's mostly nostalgia for me Stevie. I remember how much we loved it almost 40 years ago (40? eek).

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  4. That looks so neat "rising" out of the ice like that. How fun.

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    1. I should find out what kind of material they used for each one. I think the current statue is supposed to be the most efficient and easiest to store.

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  5. That's really very clever and quite the sight I'll bet~

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    1. People still love it and it brings back a lot of memories for me, Bri.

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  6. Y’all have too much fun up there in the great frozen Northland. I cropped my picture wrong again, wanted to show my big old dopey pelican, he is the cheesiest thing I’ve got. I am just a wannabe.

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    1. Those are the pelican's snacks I mean friends so close enough. I found the Reddish Egret to be pretty goofy (in a good way) too. Cheese is a mindset or in the eye (ouch) of the beholder or something.

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  7. How cool! It did remind me of the last scene of Planet of the Apes.

    Happy Tuesday, Jeanna!

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    1. I know, doesn't it, although I took another look and it's way different (:

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  8. LOVE that picture of the people with statue behind!!!!!!!

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    1. There was no chance of getting a shot without a crowd around it that day, Jackie.

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  9. Now, that is so cool. Very nice. That must have been something to see in person. Thanks for sharing it. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

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    1. I hope you do too, Patrick and hope it stops raining soon. It's a friendly sight for sure as are the pink flamingos they bring back to Bascom Hill.

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  10. How interesting, I am British so we mainly learned about the war and then some lol X #twinklytuesday

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    1. This came from a promise to bring the Statue of Liberty to town in the seventies and voilà, there she was.

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  11. I will tell you that I wouldn't be standing on that ice. I can read and I can heed.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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    1. Ha, it's got to be hella cold for month before I'd even think about it and the count starts from zero if we have a day that nice.

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  12. Oops that went wrong - you can delete it, and I'll link the photo it again if you like! I'll come back Tue afternoon around 3, to check.
    Your second capture is priceless:):) Thanks for hosting

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    1. I'm running behind, J. and it's fine. If you want I can delete it for you. I should see if I can set it up for people to be able to do that if they want. Some linked images have that little trash can when you roll over. Anyway, hope things are going smoother for you, did I ask if you guys had a generator?

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    1. Wouldn't this be a fun addition to Mardi Gras, Lydia?

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    1. Thanks, I love your black and white photos.

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  15. Planet of the Apes came to my mind immediately. I can't imagine anyone not getting a big old smile and feeling giddily happy seeing Lady Liberty on ice. :-)

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    1. It was such an iconic movie from the sixties and that statue summed up the decade. So seeing the lady submerged then frozen you can't help but to think of Planet of the Apes and Charlton Heston's tan. And then his cry makes me think of the Simpson's musical version—"Get your paws off me, you, dirty ape...He can talk he can talk. I can sinnnggggg!" "Dr. Zaius, Dr. Zaius."

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  16. see? Flamingos are always appropriate, like cheese.

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    1. Flamingos and Cheese would be a great name for a band!

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    1. Oooh, help me Dr. Zaius. Dr. Zaius Dr Zauis.

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  18. That looks fun...Amazing how Lady Liberty is rising out like that from ice! Very stark as well.

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    1. Thanks Esha, I'd love to hollah back but your link doesn't work.

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  19. LOL!! That TOO reminded me of the 'Planet of the Apes'!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    - Lisa

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    1. I don't think that was the intention but it's nice to know other people agree with me. I kind of want to write Jim Mallon and ask him.

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  20. Thanks for the invitation to your party. I love the Statue of Liberty story. I recall seeing a tv show about the first two that started it. What wonderful fun.

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    1. I'm excited to make those cookies, Beverly. Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you next week too. Oh you did see something about it, that's very cool. Those guys were a hoot and a half.

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  21. How fun to see the statue so big and on the ice. :) Have a great week.

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  22. That's the kind of thing that I would love to see--as long as I don't have to be cold for very long :) Thanks so much for linking up to My Corner of the World!

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    1. It was a nice day and compared to the -50˚ weather, like summer, Betty.

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  23. Looks fun! Great snaps, I'm not sure I'd be stood out there though! Thanks for linking up #twinklytuesday

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    1. I'd worry more about the ice with a warm up and all those people than getting cold, Kate.

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