Convocation Suprise

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At the 1974 Fall Fest Convo, green ping pong balls were rained from the ceiling onto a music stand behind President Harold Schultz as he was introducing the speaker. It was Merle Good, Mennonite author who had just written “Happy as the Grass was Green.” The word “grass” made everyone snicker as the obvious reference to marijuana. But the perpetrators of the prank knew the President would have to introduce the author and the name of the book. When that point came, the center speaker screen on the ceiling opened up, and 30 green ping pong balls rained down, with the words written in sharpie pen, “Happy as the balls were green.” It was two full minutes before the laughter subsided. Shortly after, the book and subsequent movie name was changed to “Hazel’s People.”

-Brian Stucky

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