The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Ed. 1, Wednesday, April 1, 1964 Page: 5 of 16
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Men Qf The Year
"If you really want to hear about
it the first thing you'll probably
want to know is where I was born
and' what my lousy childhood was
like . . . "So began Ringo Adams
hip music's hottest potentate and
chief spokesman for the Brittles
the erratic erotic esoteric and ex-
otic combo which is presently
heading the hep hit charts through-
out the nation.
From Among the Filth. Scratch-
ing his grubby scalp the lovable
Ringo continued his eloquent eruc-
tationp revealing a rollicking recol-
lection of childhoods spent in vice-
ridden Abilene Texas.
Clawing their way out of the
filth poverty and immorality
which had covered them from ear-
liest childhood the Brittles 'real-
izing that knowledge was power
and money worked their way
thiv .jjh school doing odd jobs.
At night Ringo Adams furtively
sold black-market No-Doz in the
dorms. His friend Iago Faulkner
earned his bread by tending bar
at the Pole-Vault Pit a hot spot
on Abilene's north side.
The third member of the combo
Thelonius Morris played a provoc-
ative piano in the seductive dimly-
lit Malt Bar across from the school
the Fanny Hill Academy and Re-
formatory. Barfin Beauchamp last of the
fabulous foursome worked.his way
through Fanny Hill by selling in-
surance and in general making a
nuisance of himself.
Success Crowned Ambition. It
was certainly no occasion fbr sur-
prise when success crowned the
get-up-and-go efforts of these .in-
dustrious young men. They event-
ually earned enough money to' go
to Abilene 'Christian College (in
When word of their exemplary
character to say nothing of their
wealth got around they were
quickly received as members of the
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Making With The Sounds At The Sullivan Show
Thelonious Morris Iago Faulkner Barfin Beauchamp Ringo Adams
Ahab social club and given athletic
Dr. Alan "Gypsy" Rose sound
engineer for the group confides
that they are same sweet guys
they were when he first met them
at Fanny Hill. "We were on the
swimming team together" he
Ed Sullivan was observed to
shed a tear as lovable Ringo Adams
told the heart-wringing story of
the Brittles' rise to fame and sol-
vency. (Sullivan had been forced by
burly Thelonious Morris to present
the greed group with a new Lin-
coln shortly before the show. "We
come from a singing college" Mor-
ris thundered "but we don't do
Faulkner's Parody. After Ringo's
biography of the group was finish-
ed Faulkner entertained the au-
dience with a bawcly parfcdy of the
old "Tortoise and the Hare" fable.
Following Faulkner the group
sang a number of their wilder
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"It's Not Necessarily So."
Conducting the group was Chic
Lolita Ditto ACC's fabulous sing-
ing nun. "I conduct these boys
wherever they go sort of a chap-
erone y' might say" she quipped
rougishly into a melting micro-
phone. Texas theologian George Bailey
D.D. was heard to remark; "It
seems obvious that the Brittles are
here to stay; there's no rebuttal
for the Brittles."
Lewis Fulks dramatics director
at Abilene Christian announced
this week that he will be viewing
auditions for ACC's next musical
"The West Side Story."
"The auditions should begin as
soon as I can get an anti-pressure
campaign organized" snorted.
Fulks. - ' "
Fulks plans to sneak this musi-
cal past the censor by pretending
to collaborate with those on cam-
pus who would do away with stu-
dents who possess a "west side"
"I'll tell him (the censor) that I
will report all students who show.
up for auditions" Fulks snickered.
"But you know I wouldn't do a
thing like that" he added.
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