6th Wing Players Fall 1984

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  1. baldachino

    baldachino New Member

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    Can anyone recount the story of the "Sixth Wing Players" who last performed their satirical skits in 1984 on the first evening back from summer leave? Anyone from the Classes of 1985, 1986, 1987 who was in Companies 31 through 36 would surely remember this tradition and final event that resulted in the CC of 32nd Company being permanently relieved of command, along with several 2/C being staunchly disciplined, which was a rather serious outcome, needless to say. I was a Plebe at the time, Class of 1988, but it was all new to us, and quickly forgotten.
     
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    baldachino New Member

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    It's past the edit time period, so here is an additional post to correct the original.
    "Sixth Wing Players" should be listed as "Eighth Wing Players".
    Still hoping that someone will post a detailed description of the history.
     
  3. Hurricane12

    Hurricane12 USNA 2012

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    As a proud former resident of 8th wing (last to class, first to liberty!) I'm afraid can't offer you any actual history beyond what you posted, only that their legacy lives on and has been told to the future generations of 8th wingers.

    According to lore they used the loading dock in the horseshoe, if that even existed back then.
     
  4. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Lived on the other side of the world. Have a vague recollection of the term (8th Wing Players) but can't recall ANY specifics regarding what they were about, let alone what happened in the incident you mentioned.
     
  5. Memphis9489

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    During my stay at the academy ('75-'79) there existed the "8th Wing Players". I think it started my 2/C year. Their performances took place in the 8th Wing parking lot and the midshipmen would use the surrounding windows to watch. They performed once a week, immediately after study hour. They were usually irreverent skits. The administration seemed to tolerate it and never banned it. It was very good for morale.

    I don't know if that tradition continued after I graduated. Maybe it moved to the 6th wing. But where would they perform? The 8th wing parking lot was very conducive to viewing ... I don't see how that works with the 6th wing.
     
  6. navypilot

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    Ah, hm, yeah

    Oh, 8th Wing Players was a highlight during my time at the Academy. If I'm correct, it was just at the end of mandatory study on Thursday evenings in the fall and mids flocked to viewing points either from rooms in 6th and 8th wing or from standing anywhere between Dahlgren and the U shaped parking of the 8th wing.
    Each week began with lights being shut off and then the Pink Panther theme began. A spotlight picked out the "Panther" who was typically leaning against something with one foot up behind him/her resting and a hat tilted down over the face...then the irreverant began. Usually very funny, inside the Brigade to understand, skits.
    Years later while stationed at the Pentagon, one of my coworkers said he was in 6th Batt/8th Wing. I asked about the players and he told me of its demise...and I think he sugar coated it a bit in that he was directly involved. Though I remember the story, lets cut it to saying that a skit/comment was a bit over the top directed at a specific member of the Brigade, rather than the usual generic. It concerned a bit of a sensitive issue and that was the end of that...too bad because the skits I remember were awesome! Think it concluded in the 85/86 timeframe based on each of our classes.
     

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