Monday, June 14, 2010

Alice Cooper At McDonalds And Glug Glug The Geek At Mardi Gras In Mobile, Alabama 1972

Click(and double click) on these pictures to enlarge them. This is Glug Glug the Geek at the 1972 Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama.

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The picture above is not from Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama in 1972. I will add some of those later. But it the same idea. Some "geek" is put in a cage and supposedly eats some live frogs and or snakes.
I saw one of these operations at a carnival like set up in Mobile, Alabama during the Mardi Gras in 1971 and 1972. It was a different guy each year. One guy in a cage would rattle the bars and cage and scare those who paid 50 cents to walk up and take a look. Often this guy would be dressed like one of the natives in a Tarzan movie.
The next year it was a little white guy who looked really harmless but who also looked like he really was eating the frogs or snakes or whatever.
The point of this story is that the carnival was set up across from a McDonalds on Government Street in Mobile. And one morning early I saw this young carnival worker who played the geek going into McDonalds to get his breakfast. That was interesting I thought.
But better than that was when Alice Cooper and his band came and did a big concert at the Mobile Convention Center drawing thousands in 1972. That was the year they had the big hit "I'm 18". And "School's Out" and other Alice Cooper hits. I happened to be standing outside that same McDonalds on Government Street when I saw a big limo pull up and go through the drive through. It was Alice Cooper and the band. All that money they were making and they chose to eat McDonalds food. And they chose to go through the drive through in a limo. Well Alice Cooper's act was something like a carnival geek if I remember right.