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Dedicated Idiocy, A personal history of the Penn State Monty Python Society by Alyce Wilson

School Year 1991-1992

Frank Lau Column: Ten Scariest Things at Penn State

A columnist for the Daily Collegian saw us in the homecoming parade and was inspired to include us in a column about The 10 Scariest Things at Penn State.

He wrote:

8) Monty Python Society. Did you see them in the Homecoming parade? Pretty freaky. I first saw them at the Student Involvement Fair doing a takeoff of The Holy Grail. Two girls were galloping around pretending to be horses and making clicking noises.

Gee, what are the entrance requirements for Penn State again? I loved Silence of the Lambs, but for Pete's sakes, I'm not going to imitate Hannibal the Cannibal and eat someone's pancreas.


Cathy Nelson and I responded by writing him a letter, in which we bestowed upon him an honorary membership in the MPS.


Nov. 4, 1991

Dear Mr. Lau,

We are pleased to inform you that, due to the interest in our group demonstrated in your Oct. 31 Collegian editorial, we have elected you to receive a high honor from our organization. You have been voted an HONORARY MEMBER of the Penn State Monty Python Society. The honor will entitle you to a membership card, a Mr. Gumby knotted handkerchief hat (matches all outfits), and a license for a pet halibut. Also included is a carte blanche to slander the intelligence, personal habits, and lifestyles of us or any other group on campus. We realize that you have every right to voice your opinion, no matter how careless and ill-founded it may be.

Judging by the reactions the Monty Python Society has received from the Homecoming Parade, the Student Involvement Fair, and last year's "Save the Hole" protest, most people are not "scared" of us but appreciate our humor instead. Incidentally, at least a quarter of our members are University Scholars ("Gee, what are the entrance requirements for Penn State again?")

But seriously, many of our group thought that your column was the silliest thing we'd seen in months. That is why we decided to bestow the honorary membership upon you. Unfortunately, we are unable to deliver more than the membership card via U.S. mail. We invite you to attend our November 13th meeting at 7:30 p.m. in 271 Willard to receive the rest of your honors.


Alyce Wilson,                                                                           
Editor of Completely Different

Cathy Nelson,
President of Monty Python Society

In retrospect, this letter probably only confirmed Frank Lau's suspicions that we were, indeed, one of the scariest things at Penn State.

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