N.E. Brigand

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    Just a Fan
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    Phantom Regiment & Boston Crusaders
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    Santa Clara Vanguard 1999
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    1989
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    Cleveland, OH
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    J.R.R. Tolkien, Cinema, Herpetology, Early Music, Theatre

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  1. Agreed. This goes back to "could" vs ."should", as Jeff said.
  2. Well, obviously when there is corrupt or seriously improper behavior that should be exposed to public scrutiny, it's always best when someone comes forward under their own name. But often those people fear reprisal.
  3. Based on that link, it sounds like there are documents. If so, someone at one of the corps in question should leak them.
  4. This is the first I've heard about supposed efforts by the late John Noonan, a board member with the Cavaliers, to expose a different drum corps scandal, although I have heard of the scandal in question from multiple DCP posters who I know to be well-connected (some of whom claimed that the story was going to break late last summer), but in keeping with past DCP practice, I won't be naming the alleged malefactor here. The Dropbox item at your link says that Noonan spoke with Tricia Nadolny before his passing. Given that she never published a story on this subject, it would seem there is not enough evidence for it to go public. Edited to add that one of Nadolny's former colleagues at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Lisa Gartner, today won a Polk Award for excellence in journalism for a story "exposing a pattern of violent abuse of boys at the Glen Mills Schools, a 193-year-old reformatory in suburban Delaware County". In a tweet responding to news of the award, Gartner thanked a number of people she's worked with, including Nadolny. Nadolny's latest story at USA Today concerns a sex scandal at a Baptist church in Oak Hill, PA.
  5. It's interesting to read the list of discontinued Olympic sports on this page: Basque Pelota Court Tennis Cricket Croquet Equestrian Vaulting Handball Lacrosse Military Patrol Motorboat Racing Pelota Polo Rackets Roque Tug-of-War As well as sports that were conducted as Olympic demonsration events but never added to the competition: American Football Australian Football Auto Racing Ballooning Bandy Boules Bowling Canne de combat Gaelic Football Gliding Glima Hurling Ice Stock Kaatsen Kendo Korfball Kyudo Lifesaving Ling Gymnastics Longue paume Pesapallo Roller Hocket Savate Ski Ballet Skijoring Sled Dog Racing Speed Skiing* Sumo Water Skiing Winter Pentathlon *I remember the speed skiing demonstration in 1992. One of the competitors was killed during practice when he struck a snow grooming vehicle at 100 mph.
  6. Sorry, to be clear: I meant did anyone show up for the show that didn't happen? (Sunday night not Saturday night.)
  7. Did anyone ever hear if people showed up Sunday evening for the rescheduled but not terribly well-publicized DCA finals last year?
  8. Have previous schedules included a "Shut Down DCI Weekend" entry? In all caps, no less?
  9. Speaking of DCI videos... Eminem performed his Oscar-winning song "Lose Yourself" (from 8 Mile) tonight, some 17 years after it won at an Oscar ceremony he didn't attend. So a trivia question. Don't cheat and use DCX to look it up! Which Finalist corps included a sample of "Lose Yourself"? Bonus point for also naming the year. (As I recall, that sample was deleted from the DCI video for copyright reasons.)
  10. I see that for a boxing match in the 1920s, they got more than 120,000 in there. The 1969 VFW Nationals were won by the Kilties, back when they were a junior corps. They beat out the Cavaliers and the Troopers. The stadium was demolished in 1992. The last event held there seems to have been a Grateful Dead concert in 1989.
  11. Douglas produced Spartacus (1960) and used it to break the Hollywood blacklist. It was one of two films released that year whose screenplay was written under his own name by Dalton Trumbo, an unabashed Communist (portrayed in a recent film by Bryan Cranston) who had gone to prison for refusing to name names to the House Un-American Activities Committee. (The other 1960 film was Exodus, produced by Otto Preminger.) The film's conclusion, in which none of the slaves will rat out Spartacus to the authorities, was widely understood at the time as a reference to what happened in the U.S. in the 1950s. To see the film, John F. Kennedy, then the President-elect, crossed a picket line organized by the American Legion -- a group which of course is famous on these forums for its important role in drum corps competitions. Douglas's death leaves just one major star from the Golden Age of Hollywood (and Douglas's stardom really came at the end of that period) still living: Olivia de Havilland, who at 103 is a year younger than Douglas but who achieved fame about a decade before him with her roles in Captain Blood (1935), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), and Gone With the Wind (1939).
  12. Wikipedia says it was 78,000 at the time (and has been reduced since). I enjoyed this factoid: "It is nicknamed 'The Big O', a reference to both its name and to the doughnut-shape of the permanent component of the stadium's roof. It is also called 'The Big Owe' to reference the astronomical cost of the stadium and the 1976 Olympics as a whole."