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.


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23 Responses to “Yawning Practice”


    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. Bunk Strutts Says:

    SG– I think some of those men are women, too.
    I find all .gif’s interesting. They’re short movies that draw me in and I can’t wait for the end that never comes. I’m kept busy that way.

  3. Tony McGurk Says:

    Looking at that photo did actually make me yawn

  4. Tony McGurk Says:

    And so did my dog who’s sitting on my lap

  5. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Tony! The Master of Blog Deletions! Whatever you do, don’t click this, this or that.

  6. Tony McGurk Says:

    I yawned on the international boredom day one straight away.

  7. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Tony– When we were kids we’d pretend to yawn until the dog started doing real ones. Usually didn’t take long.

  8. Bunk Strutts Says:

    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.

  9. Dana Says:

    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!!! 🙂

  10. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Dana– Whenever I see old photos I sometimes wonder about the people in them. I liked the pic because of the uniforms and hairstyles. Thanks for the background story!

  11. Dana Says:

    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.

  12. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Dana– Wish I could tell you how many people viewed the pic here, but the WordPress stats got kinda funky in February. Tell your Dad I said hellOOOOOO.

  13. Dana Says:

    I forwarded this link to the Bison Glee Club yahoo group, so watch those numbers go up!

  14. Richard Huggins Says:

    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!

  15. bill126 Says:

    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]

    • Dana Says:

      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!!!

  16. Bunk Strutts Says:

    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.

  17. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Updated and added a photo key if anyone wishes to identify choir members.

  18. Dana Says:

    6 – Don Sears (1934-1974, class of 1957)

  19. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Dana– Thanks. 40 is way too young to move on.

  20. berdi726 Says:

    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

  21. Bunk Strutts Says:

    berdi– I don’t know any of the names except for No. 6 (see Dana’s comment above) so there is no list – yet.

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