September 5, 2009 Fishlips, Bakersfield, California
Moonalice poster by Chris Shaw
According to Moonalice legend, the Moonalice tribe was living here when white people arrived in the 19th century. The tribe wasn’t very successful here – there wasn’t enough water to grow hemp. When Col Thomas Baker showed up, the tribe was only too delighted to sell the place to him. Col Baker was a good guy, so he double-checked to make sure the Moonalice matriarch wasn’t going to get angry when white people discovered oil, created the Bakersfield Sound, and succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. The Matriarch in Bakersfield – Fear and Loathing Moonalice – looked around at the desert, shook her head, felt sorry for the crazy white guy and moved her tribe up north to Mendocino County.
According to Moonalice legend, today is the 103rd anniversary of the first legal forward pass in football. Before that, football players had to sneak behind the university gym to throw forward passes and they risked expulsion if they were caught. Fortunately, society came to appreciate that the forward pass was not a public health problem and that decriminalization was actually in the public interest. It was a long struggle, but the world is a much better place thanks to legalization of the forward pass.
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