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Who lays claims to the Wave?
By Shannon Love
indeed invented, created and presented the first Wave?
What is not in dispute is, who and where the Wave was made famous
and acknowledged through out the world.
That would be
The Wave, what was it?
Most remember it as a cheer that went around the kingdome in a circler motion. As the Wave neared, you would jump up, throw both of your hands into the air, and yell out, GO! All while the home teams defense was on the field. This was a defense cheer.
Who claims this
cheer as their original creation now known
The Huskies , Yell King Rob Weller and California's Krazy George both do.
Krazy George says he didn’t come up with the name, only the act of the
cheer it self. From Krazy Georges website: The
-- Krazy George
-- Krazy George
all in the Kingdome thought the Wave, was birthed at the University
of Washington, at a Huskies game by a Yell King, Robb Weller and band
leader, Bill Bissell.
The following year we
saw it and perfected the wave in the Kingdome.
Fast forward to the present, and it’s presented at every sports
arena that can boast a crowd.
Krazy George claim Wave as their own:
Huskies, Wave can trace its origin back to Husky Stadium. It was October
31, 1981 when former cheerleader Rob Weller (the same Rob Weller who
once co-hosted Entertainment Tonight) was back on the sidelines and
George claims he invented and orchestrated the first wave on October 15th 1981 during an
sides have good arguments for claiming the cheer know as The Wave.
The cheer is one thing and the name is another thing.
On a website posted by George Henderson, aka - Krazy George, makes his argument for his claim, as the owner of the Wave.
STATEMENT OF IRREFUTABLE FACT:
KRAZY GEORGE, INVENTED THE WAVE. I ORCHESTRATED IT ON OCTOBER 15, 1981
BEFORE A NATIONALLY TELEVISED AUDIENCE AND A SOLD OUT STADIUM DURING THE
AMERICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFF SERIES BETWEEN THE
offer as my proof the following:
The archived video footage of the October 15th, 1981 game mentioned above.
MLB Productions owns the rights to this video. I have seen all segments
that vividly recorded me conducting The Wave on three occasions. No one
who looks at this could ever refute that The Wave didn't hit
George goes further to provide quotes as further proof:
was a cheerleader for the university
Alumni did it too, says Pat Carroll,
UW's sports information program assistant. ‘We're claiming it (the Wave)
and we always will’ she said.
remember during the game that all of a sudden the fans started getting up
and then sitting down,’ Garagiola said from his home in
As I remember, it looked the same or better than what they're doing now. Our producer, Don Ohlmeyer, was trying to get the cameraman to catch the Wave, but he was always one section behind. He (Ohlmeyer) kept pounding on him (the cameraman) saying, "Get it! Get that thing!" I had never seen anything like it. It was super.
what I see in dispute is a 2 week period of time for the naming rights.
What I also know is Husky Stadium took the ball and ran with it,
claimed the wave as their own. And
you know what they say, possession is 9/10 tenths
of the law --
Bissell is credited, along with former yell
leader Robb Weller, '72, with introducing "The Wave" to college
football in 1981. He also made the song Tequila synonymous with
Renditions of Louie, Louie and Tequila were
part of Bissell's imaginative halftime shows. One of the renowned showmen
among college band directors, Bissell also devised halftime routines in
which the band recreated the eruption of
"The band reflected Bill Bissell's
personality," says Garry Nakayama, a former assistant to Bissell and
now the band's official photographer. "Its spirit was his
spirit." As many smiling Husky fans might recall, when the band
received new uniforms in 1977, the members shed their old ones at halftime
to the tune of The Stripper.
A recipient of a Citation of Excellence
from the National Band Association in 1981, he was presented with the Don
Palmer Award, given to a distinguished member of the Husky athletics
community, at the 1994 Husky Hall of Fame Celebration.
"A lot of the home-field advantage we
enjoyed at Husky Stadium was attributable to the crowd spirit Bill was
able to build through the band," says former Husky football player
and longtime coach Jim Lambright.
Bissell is survived by his wife, Shirlee,
and two children, Bruce and Sherry. Sherry is married to longtime Husky
equipment manager Tony Piro.
A memorial service was held January 6, 2001
- it was scheduled then so as not to conflict with the Husky football
team's appearance in the Dec. 28, 2001 Holiday Bowl. Bissell, his son
says, would have wanted it that way.
director, Bill Bissell spent 24 years at the
- from the UW pages
I received this e-mail from a Husky alumni that was there back in the day, and this is what he had to say;
Friday January 4th 2008