coppertone girl

McMahon Hall Dormies use Chuck Nelson to again win University of Washington Sign Contest

In 1981, a group of McMahon Hall dormies won the University of Washington Sign Contest at the Annual Homecoming game using The Coppertone Girl. After our succuss at beating the Greeks at their own sign contest, we decided to give it a shot again the following year. While we considered unveiling the Coppertone Girl again, we thought that would be a bit tacky and figured we could do it without resorting to blatent sexism. So we came up with a clever sign using Chuck Nelson, who was a record-setting kicker for the football team.

Once again, this event was sponsored by the Greek System, and they were not too happy about some "Dormies" participating in their event (which was advertised as open to all) ... and despite their efforts to "pooh-pooh" us, we again emerged victorious. This really was a clever sign and Chuck Nelson had an unbroken string of field goals going. It also helped we were the only Dorm entry, as we really played that up and so therefore got 100% of that vote/yells, whereas the various Greek entries splintered those entries. I guess there is politics even in sign contests! ;-)

BTW, we "retired" after this - winning two years running was enough for us and we wanted to go out on top.

Crowd goes wild over Chuck Nelson entry for Sign Contest

Chuck Nelson at Sign Contest

Winning Sign was updated during the season as it hung in the McMahon Cafeteria

Chuck Nelson at Sign Contest