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Boog, Dadaism and the Chesty Lions


¢ A columnist for the [Chico (Calif.) News & Review][1] has picked up on former Lawrence Mayor Boog Highberger's declaration of Dada Month last year.When the mayor of Lawrence, Kan., Boog Highberger, recently declared International Dadaism Month, I thought to myself, "Self, how could the mayor of a Podunk town in the northeast corner of a Podunk state manage an act of such fabulousness?" The mayor (whose name is rather Dada don't you think?) chose the month, which happens to be 13 days, by rolling dice and pulling numbers out of a hat, giving us the dates Feb. 4, March 28, April 1, July 15, Aug. 2, 7, 16 and 26, Sept. 18 and 22, and Oct. 1, 17 and 26. So on Feb. 4, in honor of International Dadaism month and just because I could, I sat on all the downtown art benches in one day. It's true. I chanted my new mantra the whole time, "Boog Highberger, Boog Highberger." ... Boooooog!¢ The Chesty Lions - the mascot of Lawrence High - takes a shot in a [St. Petersburg Times][2] column about strange mascots across the country.Imagine the fun if we could cover the Frankfort (Ind.) Hot Dogs vs. the Warrensburg (N.Y.) Burgers (heard their last meeting was a rout, and Frankfort never mustered a rally to catchup to Warrensburg).Or the Mifflin (Ohio) Punchers vs. the Haskell (Okla.) Haymakers; the Mt. Clemens (Mich.) Battling Bathers against the Gettysburg (S.D.) Battlers (hope the press box is behind the Mt. Clemens bench.Okay, okay. I'll stop. It's not like I tried to squeeze the Lawrence (Kan.) Chesty Lions in the paper or anything.¢ Canadian basketball officials are heralding the induction of James Naismith, the Canadian-born inventor of basketball who later coached at KU, into the new International Basketball Federal Hall of Fame in Madrid, according to the [Toronto Star][3]."Dr. Naismith's induction into the new Hall of Fame is a great honour for his family and for our country," said Canada Basketball executive director Fred Nykamp. "He is at the forefront of a strong Canadian basketball heritage that includes the famed world champion Edmonton Grads team, Jack Donohue, and continues to this day with the accomplishments of Steve Nash."¢ The first set of twins from the KU School of Nursing - Ruth Cox and Ruby Harris - are now 94 years old and live in Arizona. They're the subject of a profile today in the [Green Valley (Ariz.) News and Sun][4]."We were the first class to get actual degrees, and I remember we were so proud and excited," Ruth said.¢ Dr. Kim Templeton, an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the KU Medical Center, offers an insight into why women's ACLs are more susceptible to tears than those of men in a [San Jose Mercury News][5] story_Biomechanics. Women's bodies move differently than men's. Dr. Kim Templeton, associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center, said that when men jump, they land with knees bent, protecting the ACL. Women tend to land flat-footed and with knees straight - stretching the ACL._ [1]: http://www.newsreview.com/chico/Content?oid=47388 [2]: http://www.sptimes.com/2007/03/02/Pasco/Lookit_s_a_bird_a.shtml [3]: http://www.thestar.com/Sports/article/187311 [4]: http://www.gvnews.com/articles/2007/03/01/news/news04.txt [5]: http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/sports/16818753.htm


Centrist 11 years, 3 months ago

No, you see, to the other 49 states, anywhere in Kansas is 'podunk' ... even though there's probably more white trash in the south.

It all goes back to that gawd-awful Dorothy thing.

ksmattfish 11 years, 3 months ago

They like to tease us about the Dorothy thing, but it's the anti-evolution headlines that make them think we're all morons.

opinion 11 years, 3 months ago

On the Dorthy thing.. In the past, I would have used the Wizard of Oz as something to poke fun at Kansas myself. But as I watch it now, I am not sure what people think is so wrong with the family presented in the movie. Common, hardworking, honest... Says alot about where we are at today when those traits are made fun of.

roger_o_thornhill 11 years, 3 months ago

"I don't know, Phred Phelps or Boog Highberger, who makes me prouder of the state I live in. Hmmmm It is a toss up."

That's like saying: "What do I like better, catsup or Satan?"

Why should pride have anything to do with others?

What is pride anyways? MWOL is confusing. They use the word 'proud' in the definition of 'pride' and 'pride' in the definition of 'proud'.

sourpuss 11 years, 3 months ago

I take a lot of "pride" in having been a Chesty Lion.

Roadkill_Rob 11 years, 3 months ago

Podunk = a hypothetically small town regarded typically as dull or insignificant.

If the columnist would actually visit Lawrence, he would see that we have a great music and arts scene and a top tier college basketball team...not to mention the historical significance of the town in regards to the civil war and the basketball tradition.

I don't think Lawrence fits that definition.

bender 11 years, 3 months ago

Anybody check out Chico on Wikipedia? The population is less than Lawrence's, it is home to U Cal Chico (enrollment 14,000) and the tallest building is a 9 story dorm. I'm not sure but the pot might be calling the kettle black here.

Tony Kisner 11 years, 3 months ago


what an honor for us; to be mentioned by what could only be a really cool guy in a way fab paper printed in maybe the greatest place on the planet Chico CA.

Now we can say we have been validated.

rhd99 11 years, 3 months ago

Lets expand this equation, you following me? Good here we go:

Boog + Schauner + ambulance chasers + Dadaism + red tape at City Hall = Lack of Leadership & a City Commission with a too short sighted vision for the future. That, my friends, sorry to say, makes Lawrence a prime example of the STUPID leading the blind.

You like that kind of future? Well, ENJOY!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!

drewdun 11 years, 3 months ago

"Lawrence is a wart on the State of Kansas. Don't believe it? Travel west and ask the small towns what they think of Lawrence"

Yeah, because people in Lawrence care deeply about the perception of their city in Wamego.

Bottom line: Lawrence is the most desirable city to live in in Kansas.

MasterShake 11 years, 3 months ago

As somebody who has actually been to Chico, the columnist referring to Lawrence as 'podunk' is really funny. Chico is a bottom tier city, at best.

Roadkill_Rob 11 years, 3 months ago

I don't understand the Lawrence bashing by some people like hawkperched, marion, and rhd99.

Lawrence is the ONLY town in Kansas w/ character and a vibrant downtown. Every other town in Kansas has been destroyed or heavily damaged by Wal-Marts and right wing politics. We must be doing something right here.

Are you forced to live here and complain about local politics? What is wrong w/ Dadaism? Who cares if someone chooses to smoke dope? Why don't you complain about people who smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol?

I'm sure ya'll live a life of purity, though.

RonBurgandy 11 years, 3 months ago

concrete - your post is ridiculous.

Who gives a crap what some columnist out in Chico, CA says?

Roadkill_Rob 11 years, 3 months ago

concrete please use periods before you call us slow it makes it really hard to read see

rhd99 11 years, 3 months ago

Roadkill, GIVE ME A BREAK! Dadaism?! You must be on crack!

pelliott 11 years, 3 months ago

I have traveled west of Lawrence, most of the people really like Lawrence, there is a lot more resentment about Topeka. To sit around and try to back your opinions by saying everyone thinks like me, see, when obviously they don't, isn't the strongest argument, but it is above the name calling empty hate remark.

I love lawrence's art culture and history. From the high school poems in the paper, the art on the corners, etc. I thought it was nice to have a bit of fun with the DADA things.

Maybe if Boog was president we wouldn't of spent our reputation, wealth and selfrespect on deciding to wage (poorly)wars on countries rather than what was needed to be done, to address terrorism. The conservatives seem to see diplomacy and honor to be last resorts after lieing, threats and trickery have failed. Oh correct me, I was wrong, they are not even considering diplomacy and honor yet, even after their failures. We are spending tax dollars and resources promoting antiscience domestic policies that turn pollution into dollars lining the pockets of the wealthy and literally may turn the tides of the earth against us.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 3 months ago

Phelps, decisons by state legislators concerning sex education and evolution make plenty of chatter in national newspapers and chatboards nationwide. Boogs pleasant character was only being acknowledged.

Boog,Rundle and Schauner have been trying to fix a few things in order that someday our property taxes may see only a consistent 3%-4% increase which will take a little more time. Trying to unravel what preceded them with 20 years of rule by the "unwise growth at any expense team" aka real estate,banking and building executives cannot take place over night. Readers please think about this at the polls. Since so much special interest money is being pumped into this campaign it leaves me no choice but to vote for Carey,Boog and Schauner. Washington D.C. is a perfect example of what Lawrence politics should not become.

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