Yawning Practice

Obviously some are better at it than others, and yes, I think that’s Al Franken in the middle leading the group.

[Found here.]

Update: If you find yawning contagious, whatever you do, don’t click this, this or that.

Update 2: See Dana’s comment below for the story behind the photo.

Welcome current & former members of The Bison Glee Club!

retro-choir ID

Here’s a photo key for anyone who wants to identify individual choir members.  Click on it to view full size.

Author: Bunk Strutts

Boogah Boogah.

23 thoughts on “Yawning Practice”

  1. Damn, I was going to joke that it was Franken and a few Lee Harvey Oswald impersonators. And I think some of those women are men.

    BTW, I have a .gif up you may find interesting.


  2. Tony– Years ago comedian Rich Hall published a book called “Sniglets.” It was a compilation of things that hadn’t been named, yet deserved to be.
    One of the words was “pupsqueak.” It’s the sound a puppy makes when it yawns too wide.


  3. Too funny! This is actually a picture of the 1956 or 1957 Bison Glee Club from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. (My daddy is in this pic.) Many of these men and women went on to be great leaders of music in the Baptist church, both in Oklahoma and across the nation. One man and his wife were missionaries to East Africa and devoted their lives to training African pastors and musicians. Some went on to write numerous beloved songs which have been sung in Baptist churches for many years. And others served and continue to serve in churches all over the world. OBU has a great music program that has consistently turned out world class musicians for decades. Now, a-one and a-two, everyone yawn!!! 🙂


  4. I was googling “old choir photos” for a document I was preparing (I work in church music, too) and imagine my surprise when this popped up! That was a really funny caption.


  5. It IS the Bison Glee CLub, and funny thing is that their sound in that picture would have been everything EXCEPT yawn-spawning! And one of these guys was a music minister who encouraged a talented teen to try HIS hand at arranging, which he did! For life!


  6. If you were to look on the back of that album picture you would see PHOTO BY BILL RAYBORN. It was taken in Ford Music Hall. I recall placing some of my best friends in the center of the pix. I had the club sing “O” as in Oklahoma.

    =Bill Rayborn=

    [Bill – I deleted your email address for your privacy. -Bunk]


    1. Ahhhh, Bill, Glenn Boyd and I were JUST talking about that and wondered what you guys were singing to make your mouths so wide. And we were commenting on what a unique, solid group of young men and women that was. Just a little jealous I wasn’t a part of it, but always loved hearing Daddy’s stories! 😉

      Richard: If this was facebook, I would have “liked” your comment!!!


  7. Dana– Yep, there’s a bit of a spike for such an innocuous post.

    Richard– Something tells me that talented teen’s last name may be Huggins, eh?

    Bill– X-ray vision doesn’t come naturally to many of us.

    Thanks to all for the background stories. If anyone wants me to post names of any/all of the yodelers in the photo, email me with name and location of in the choir pic and I’ll update the post.

    Here’s a link to the OBU Bison Glee Club on the Utoobage.


  8. I loved the “Yawning Practice” photo — so many familiar faces! It was great to see the photo key, too… but where’s the list of names? I looked and didn’t see it ! And I did want to identify all those old friends. Berdie L. (Moose) Hope, secretary to Dean Warren Angell, 1952-56


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: