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Hobbs, M. K. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 27, Number 10 (Aug. 1926)

Brown, Randolph
Wisconsin at Poughkeepsie,   pp. 336-339


Page 336


August, 1926
,Wisconsin at Poughkeepsie
                 By RANDOLPH BROWN, -i6
       Secy.-Treas. U. of W. Alumni Club of New York
W    ISCONSIN lost the Poughkeepsie
     race and won the hearts of its sup'.
porters as never before.
  This rather paradoxical statement is
possible not only because- "there are no
quitters at or from Wisconsin," but be-
cause this year- above all others we
seemed to realize of a sudden just what
vast difficulties our crew must surmount
each year as compared with their rivals,
and what a world of credit they deserve
to even face a Poughkeepsie pistol.
Along with this realization, however,
came the determination     that these
difficulties can be greatly decreased by
the thought and action of all concerned,
and in the desire to surmount these
obstacles we believe there has been born
an enthusiasm among all our alumni
hereabouts that will make for a more
widespread interest ihi the crew than
ever before. We know we have the crew
material, we know we have the coach of
coaches, and above all, we know the
national benefit to the University of
Wisconsin a Poughkeepsie crew renders.
On such sound premises a little thought
and work will produce a glorious future.
  As usual, the Wisconsin turn-out at
Poughkeepsie was the riot of the Hud-
son. Wherever our shell may place on
the river, there is always a Wisconsin
victory in the observation train-no
other college begins to compete with our
organized and sustained pandemonium,
and the "local color" features of every
newspaper account of the race always
center around Wisconsin. This is said
in no vainglorious vein. We who par-
ticipate havethe time of our lives. The
point we want-to make is that a Wis-
consin crew on the Hudson, over the
finish first or not, brings out all those
forces that make for national recogni-
tion of our University. Winning Wis-
consin crews will surely come, but win-
ning or losing, our crews bring off the
moral victory for the University every
time, and for dollar per dollar national
return, the University will never make a:
better investment than to support and
foster their crew to the limit and have it
face the Poughkeepsie starter every
year.
  To get to the races and back in the
past the New York contingent has tried
boats and trains. This year we tried
busses. Whether or not a three day hike
will come off next year, just to be dif-
ferent, we don't know; but it is evident
that the means of transportation is
incidental-the New York Club holiday-
bent is the big "wow," and so long
as the crowd is together, one can have
a good time.on tricycles.
  Well over a hundred handsome sons
and beautiful daughters turned out for
the occasion. An equal number most
unfortunately had to sit home by the
radio, because observation train tickets
were simply not available. Two big de-
luxe overland busses were loaded with
about seventy hardy souls and the bal-
ance went in their own flivvers. The
75 mile trek to Poughkeepsie started
from the Commodore Hotel, New York,
with banners waving and our own
specially secured jazz hounds topping
the city's din. This orchestra, by the
way, is a permanent feature of our
Poughkeepsie day and their presence on
our observation car at the races kills out
any rival outburst most effectively.
   Through the maze of New       York
 traffic and the winding and turnings of
 the open road bur busses maintained a
 sociable distance in great shape, so the
 full force of our entire contingent was
 active at all times. Luncheon stop was
 made at the Mikado Inn, just outside
 of Harmon, that place known to all New
 Yorl Central travelers as the change
 from steam to electricity. We stuck to
 steam and put on considerable more
 poundage   at this really   delightful
 hostelry. In fact, our attention to this
 duty made a slightly delayed departure
 which was shortly aggravated by a
 blow-out of one of the dirigible balloon
 tires,-but the band played merrily on.
   We rode up to the observation train
 at Poughkeepsie with everything turned
 loose and piled aboard our car with
 much of this and that. If we do say it,
 like all late arrivals, we felt that the life
 of the party had just come and that it
 must have been pretty dead before we
 got there.
   We were, of course, vitally interested
 in but one race-the Varsity. The train
 came to a stop with our car exactly
opposite the starting line'-foresight on
the part of our efficient Arrangements
Committee. One and then another of
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