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A little less than a happy high
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Scott and I were talking about origins last night, specifically origins of stupid pop-culture trends, and I realized that I probably never shared my own story about an obscure Return of the Jedi reference that went horribly horribly wrong.

I think my friend James and I may have started "the swammi." If you watched enough sports during the mid-90s, you may recall seeing fans raising their hands above their heads and bowing while making noise that sounded remarkably like "Aaayyyawwww... Aaayyyawwww... (etc.)" out of reverence for a player or a particularly clever play. This was the swammi, and I'm certain that none of these fans realized that they were actually mimicking Ewoks.


See, back in 1988, James and I were regular attendees at the Boston College Film Board showings. All of the shows were all second runs, but they were free and people didn't mind if you heckled. In fact, it was pretty well expected. From our customary stations at the front of the auditorium, we took the practice and turned it into a (very low-brow) art.

At some point, we fell into the habit showing our appreciation for upcoming films (Robocop, for instance, or Hunt for Red October) with Ewok prostrations as seen in Return of the Jedi. We're talking on our knees, hands above our heads, and uttering generic Ewok worship sounds as we bent forward at the waist. Yes, it was geeky, but we were generally drunk and this kept us out of trouble, so...

Then hockey season started. I'm not normally a huge hockey fan, but for some reason I got caught up in the excitement around the BeanPot, and caught most of the games. At some point during a pan over the crowd after a key save, the camera settled on a couple of guys in BC colors and face paint doing Ewok prostrations in the direction of the goalie. It took off from there. Soon, it became common practice at BC games, and by the time hockey season for my senior year hit, there were enough fans doing it that you could actually hear the generic Ewok worship sounds.

A couple of years later, people were doing it a professional sports events. My mind was blown.

This is something of a cautionary tale, though. I fully expect that this was probably the closest I'll come to my fifteen minutes. Don't let it happen to you.
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wildflowersoul From: wildflowersoul Date: May 25th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Film Board can make people do crazy things. It can make an attention-whore out-going young lass agree to let suggestive photos of herself be plastered onto Film Board posters around campus to advertise their movies. Not that I know anyone who would've done that...

You have the best stories =)
komos From: komos Date: May 25th, 2005 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
So many youthful indiscretions. I wish fewer of mine were lost to the geek vortex, but we all make our choices. ^_^

I could go for some candid photography right now.
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: May 25th, 2005 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
komos From: komos Date: May 25th, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is the best of all possible worlds, after all.
dirtymikesell From: dirtymikesell Date: May 26th, 2005 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)

You know my feeling on this...

komos From: komos Date: May 26th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: You know my feeling on this...

Good lord man, what have you done??
cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: May 25th, 2005 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I saw Return of the Jedi; the Ewok noises stuck with me forever too.
komos From: komos Date: May 25th, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
They should have been scary-looking spider monkeys.

So many missed opportunities...
From: ulf_rulz Date: May 25th, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
You do know that the original ewoks were supposed to be wookies? And that some of the original sketches for wookies were like green, sharp-toothed goblins? Stupid Spielberg.

I started a trend of howling like a crazed murder 1 convict at a Johnny Cash performance in Folsom prison when the Starline Rythym Boys get to the line: "I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die." Started it at Charlie-O's in Montpelier and heard it in Burlington. Help me make it national. Go to Country performances & do it. Do it!
komos From: komos Date: May 26th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I did. I understand why they weren't, but I don't understand that halfling teddy bears managed to form an elaborate tree-dwelling society.

The last time I heard Folsom Prison was when Drew and I saw Spit Curl Girl play. :\
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