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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Beldar at the beginning

When I started this blog in 2003, near the bottom of the personal information that's always been linked from my sidebar, I included an explanation for the origin of my nickname, "Beldar," during my days as a member of the Finquo Pledge Class of the Longhorn Band's Kappa Kappa Psi service fraternity 30 years ago.

Last night, I received an email from my fellow Fingquo Don Winstel with an attached scan of a faded Polaroid from those days:

Fingquo Coneheads, Fall 1978

Taken in the stairwell of the Music Building East at UT-Austin, this shows four of the Fingquos  — left to right, me, Dan Gremminger, David Schkade, and Richard Taylor — snarling as we prepared to present our Saturday Night Live/Coneheads skit at the weekly KKY meeting after band practice on a Tuesday evening in the fall of 1978. The nickname came as a result of Richard's beer-impaired processing of my name a night or two before, as we were planning the skit — "Bill Dyer, Bihl Dahr, Behl-Dahr, Bel-Dar, hey, BELDAR!"

Damn, we were young and good-looking. Mips!

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(1) Old Coot made the following comment | Aug 28, 2008 3:16:20 PM | Permalink

Nice tie, goes with the hat.

(2) Beldar made the following comment | Aug 28, 2008 3:27:08 PM | Permalink

Yup, it was one of my all-time favorite ties in fact. You didn't see many ties on campus at UT-Austin in 1978, but our pledges wore ties one day a week, plus — hard to see in these pictures, although you can see the brim of one behind David Schkade — camouflage bush hats with neck cords. And during meetings, boxer shorts. Just boxer shorts. (It was a different era, in terms of what degree of hazing was permitted on campuses.)

(3) Sakaki made the following comment | Aug 29, 2008 5:43:35 AM | Permalink

So you really WERE a conehead back then. *chuckle* (Yah, betcha never heard THAT before.)

(4) SPQR made the following comment | Aug 31, 2008 1:55:35 AM | Permalink

That mustache is just one of the many reasons that I'm terribly jealous of your accomplishments and swear to give you a wedgie at the earliest opportunity.

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