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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Macon Whoopees

Does anyone remember the Macon Whoopees? Not the Macon Whoopee from 1996, but the original Macon hockey team. They were around during the 1973-74 season. Mike Windham, my boss at the time, and I shot most of their home games. My first wife Sue was beginning to shoot at the time, and the three of us would be there behind the chicken wire shooting away.Yes, I said chicken wire. No plexiglass screens. Just a framework of metal pipes covered with wire fencing. One night a player got his face stuck between two of the pipe supports right in front of me when he was slammed into the boards. And me with no wide angle lens. After that I kept a 20mm lens handy.

These pictures were from games in February of 1974. Low light and Tri-X pushed to the limit in Accufine, Nikon F's and manual focus. Those were some fun days, but I would not give up my Nikon DSLR's and go back there.

Man, we have it easy today.


Anonymous said...

I remember!! I was a little girl, but I had a Macon Whoopee t-shirt and didn't really understand why it was so funny!

Anonymous said...

I so remember those days!!! I was an 8th grader with a huge crush on all the Whoopees! We were there every week--front row. So 35 years later (oh my, has it really been that long?) I still have my whoopee tee shirt, a patch, one of Tapper's sticks and a ton of memories! I cried endlessly when the team folded.I was sure the world had come to an end!!!

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