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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Lawn Rangers Who's Who

For those of us who don't get to march with the Rangers as often as we'd like (as well as fans, groupies and the news media), I thought it might be nice if there was a "Who's Who" of the World Famous Lawn Rangers.

Please click here and add a comment to this post with the following information...
  • Your name
  • Your Ranger name
  • Where you live
  • Where you've marched with the Rangers
  • If you're a founding member or Hall of Famer (or both), please mention that
  • If you have your own customized mower, feel free to tell about it
Also, so we have a face to go with the name, please click here to add a photo to your profile.

Don't have a photo of yourself? Don't know how to crop a digital image? Email me (Donny Bahama at World Famous Lawn Rangers dot org) a group photo you're in (and tell me which one is you) and I'll crop it and send it back to you.

17 comments:

Donny Bahama said...

I'll get this started...

Donny Ferris (Ranger Donny Bahama) from Oceanside, CA. I've marched with the Rangers three times, all in San Diego at the Holiday Bowl Parade. I'm not a Hall of Famer yet, but rumor has it I've been on the short list for Rookie of the Year four years running. In the past, I've used the crappiest POS mower the Rangers could provide, but NEXT year, LOOK OUT!!! (I've got something really special planned!)

Barack Obama said...

Barack Obama (Ranger 'Rack-O) from Chicago, IL (soon to be Washington D.C.) I've only marched with the Rangers once, in Chicago at the St. Patty's Day Parade, but they welcomed me with open arms. No mower, just a plunger.

Dave Barry said...

This is Dave Barry. I live in Miami and have marched with the Lawn Rangers a number of times, but fortunately all my memories of these performances were erased in the Arcola Broom Corn Festival beer tent. I'm looking forward to marching with the Rangers in the Inauguration parade, even though this could spell the end of American society as we know it.

Terry Prillaman said...

Terry Prillaman (Big Cheese) from Champaign, Illinois. I've marched with the Rangers many time over the past 15+ years, all the way from Arcola, Decatur, Chicago and points in between. It's been a dream of mine since childhood to march from our nation's Capitol to the White House holding a broom and pushing a mower, all while wearing a mask!! Now I can live that dream on January 20th!!!!

Santa Ranger said...

This is Ranger Santa from St Louis. I have had many honors in my life time as a Ranger one being Rookie of the year 2006 and helping host the St Louis St Pat's parade the last three years with the World Famous Lawn Rangers coming in First Place 2006 beating out those lawn chair "drill" team. But to have the honor of knowing that I'm in the same company of greatness such as Dave Berry and Barack Obama, I feel so small but yet so big all at the same time. I lok forward to Marching Proudly in DC for the Inaugural parade and showing the world how really World Famous the "World Famous Lawn Rangers" really are, really!!

Beercan Records said...

My name is John B. O'Halloran or for the purposes of this blog, Ranger Saddletramp. I am the son of co-founder, John D. O'Halloran and a very-recent inductee into the Ranger Hall-of-Fame. Been marching for about 17 years now. I have witnessed Chicago, Arcola, Decatur, San Diego, Indianapolis, etc. cheer the greatness of the Rangers. Usually, I opt for a fast and light mower and let my loud mouth do the attention-drawing, although recently I've added a lone, bald, disembodied mannequin head to my mower of choice and it has drawn equal amounts of laughs and rebukes from children and adults alike.

Looking forward to the 20th!

Ranger Crack said...

Randy Rothrock from Amazing Arcola. I am one of 13 living charter members and hall of famer. I have marched in all 28 Broomcorn Parades, Fiesta Bowl 3 times, Holiday Bowl 4 times, St. Pats in Chicago and St. Louis, Detroit and dozens of festivals. They call me "crack" for no apparent reason. Favorite Ranger hangout, Kansas City Barbque in San Diego. What John O. and the Fox Monahan started for a Broomcorn parade and the Lone Ranger has now truly become a world famous organization

Bruce Ratcliffe said...

Bruce Ratcliffe (Ranger Magoo) from Champaign Illinois. I've marched at the Mother of all Parades where I rookied, being the Broomcorn Parade in Arcola, and I've marched at the Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade, the Indy 500 Parade, The Pacific Life Holiday Bowl Parade in San Diego, Decaturfest (Decatur IL) and a couple of more but I can't really remember because of Ranger Doc's Peach Schnappes muscle relaxant. I had customized mowers but I keep losing them somewhere. I'll get another one soon.

I have worked hard to embarrass my family and am told I am succeeding.

My proudest achievement as a Ranger is never having called on me the dreaded words "Ranger down!" but I know the fellership will be there for me if it ever happens.

I am a Hall of Famer despite the complete lack of deserving it.

Ranger Cracker said...

I would be Ranger Cracker. One of the oft maligned Mattoon Fu@#S. Have had the enjoyment of marching in Mattoon, Decatur, Chicago, St. Louis, San Diego, and the grand daddy of all... Arcola. Managed to pull in Ranger of the Year once but couldn't sell the damn trophy. Why wouldn't anyone want an empty Shriner decanter? After the first few years I finally found the proper base mower. Aluminum frame, Harley gas tank, handle bars, old bike plate. Now working on funnel system to fill tank on those long parades.....Hope to see all in our nations capitol.

Chris said...

Chris Shields, son of right column leader Ted shields. Marching confidently since 83'. Gotta say that my 'Street Cred" has skyrocketed since joining the rangers, scoring more hot fluff than any Arcola boy should.. My best line? "My @#$% is so big, it doesn't return Speiberg's calls'

Ranger Grrrl said...

The eldest child of co-founder Candyman, sister of hall-of-famer Saddletramp, I -- along with a truck driver named Debbie -- was the first female to march as a Ranger. Fiesta Bowl Parade, early 90's. One of my fondest memories is of watching my soon-to-be husband march in the 25-year anniversary parade, "Bernie, I got the broom!"

MoonScientist said...

Welcome groupies. I am the Moonscientist of the World Famous Lawn Rangers from Amazing Arcola. About 20 years ago at my first Ranger Team meeting, I jumped up on a folding chair and "saluted" the crowd. The next year Grey Blade's news letter had a new entry, Presentation by Moonscientist, and the rest is history. As the Blade once told me "if they see something the Good Lord didn't make, have them throw a hat over it."

HOFer Juiceman said...

HOF'er Juiceman here, hailing from Amazing Arcola, and a cousin of the MoonScientist! Although being a Ranger is one of my proudest memories, my wife is still pouting because the GreyBlade denied her the opportunity to be a Banner Babe in Phoenix! Those Squaws (Tuscola broads) don't rarely forgive or forget. GO RANGERS!

HOFer Juiceman said...

JuicemanHOF here, hailing from Amazing Arcola, and a cousin of the MoonScientist! Although being a Ranger is one of my proudest memories, my wife is still pouting because the GreyBlade denied her the opportunity to be a Banner Babe in Phoenix! Those Squaws (Tuscola broads) don't rarely forgive or forget. GO RANGERS!

Mark Thomas said...

Mark Thomas a.k.a. "The Gator Man", hail from Arcola, IL. Have marched for longer than I can remember, early 80's I believe. Semi retired now. Been to Chicago, Detroit, Decatur, too many towns across Illinois to mention and of coarse the Grand-daddy of them all the Broom Corn Festival in Arcola. I am a proud member of the Hall of Fame and also the son of one of our founding fathers- Steve Thomas.

Ranger Batmanna said...

Ranger Batmanna. As a young elementary school future Ranger, I was lucky enough to sit in the front row when Clayton Moore spoke to us during his visit to Amazing Arcola. My dream of becoming a Ranger was followed in 1991 and I have flown home and to other desirable locations to make 30 appearances. Every year I decide to dust the cobwebs off of my latex Batman mask and march for the kids. It's all about the children of our future as a Ranger role model.

meteachkidz said...

My name is Lee Winter, band chairman for the 70th anniversary of the West Virginia Strawberry Festival Parade...We would love to invite your group to particpate in what I think is going to be the biggest and best parade put on in our festival history. The dates for our 70th anniversary celebration will be Thus. May 19th-Sun May 22nd, 2011 with the grand parade being held on Sat. May 21st at 100pm. We have groups and bands come from all over the country and U.S. we have had for the past 4 years, the Lawnchair Dads Drill Team from Chicago, and SouthShore Drill Team also from Chicago, and we would love to have you guys join theose two fantastic groups! Please visit our website at www.wvstrawberryfestival.com which will give you all the details you need. Please email me at meplaydrumz@comcast.net if you are interested in attending. WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU!! Thank you so much and hope to hear from you soon. Take care, Lee Winter