Boogie-Woogie Cheering

The following article regarding cheerleading at a city league basketball game holds some promise for packing the stands with gawking fans who want to see the show.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner- November 13, 1951

Boogie-Woogie Cheering Is Promised for Cage Games

Are we at a night club, or the high school gymnasium? That will be the question in a few days, when the city basketball league opens its playing schedule. The Club Rendezvous recently entered a team in the league, and promptly came up with a very novel plan for giving this team some vocal support. At half-time intermissions, the following may be expected, when Club Rendezvous is playing:

Satch Bianchi, popular singer and rhythm expert, will lead the Rendezvous cheering section which will yell in time with a tom-tom to be played by and entertainer.
Other night club personalities, including dancers, will join the cheerleaders, to stir up some real enthusiasm.

If a piano is available, Jack Tiemeyer will provide the beat for the cheering in boogie tempo. Boogie-woogie cheering will definitely be something new.

The proposed plans were presented to the city league basketball officials at a meeting last night. The officials okayed them and gave Bianchi a vote of confidence. So, in a few weeks, cheering with a boogie-woogie beat will be echoing in the rafters of the high school gym.

So what happened? How did Fairbanks fans like the dancers and the Boogie-Woogie cheering? Did Satch succeed in drumming up the desired support for his team and his business? We will never know and here is why:

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner- November 17, 1951


Yesterday, a reader called in to complain that we didn’t cover a local basketball game. The game was played, but no story appeared in the News-Miner. We are willing to concede that the sports coverage of the News-Miner might not be up to par right now, but we have an excuse. Our sports editor is getting married today, and he has been having difficulty keeping his mind on his work recently. Sports fans will just have to be patient for a week or so, because Sports Editor Tom Henry might not be able to concentrate on local athletic contests. He will return to normal, we presume.

Note: One can only guess if that is the real reason the game was not reported. The Boogie-Woogie cheerleading was never mentioned again and has thus been erased from our history.

The Fairbanks Igloos of the Pioneers of Alaska would like to know if anyone out there attended that game and remembered the halftime show. We would also like to wish Tom Henry a happy anniversary if he and his bride are still around. This History Nugget has been proudly brought to you by Men’s Igloo No. 4 and Women’s Igloo No. 8 of the Pioneers of Alaska.

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