“Crazy George” Henderson bangs the drum for a major milestone coming this week: the 40th anniversary of the Volna, a stadium phenomenon that a professional cheerleader teacher has brought into the history of the sport, to the delight (and sometimes rolling eyes) of fans all over the world. the world.
“The wave connects the fans. This makes them part of the team, ”Henderson said. “This is what makes the wave so special. This visually shows the players that you love them. That is why the wave at the stadiums went around the world. ”
In celebration of the anniversary, Henderson invited fans to record their performances on the Wave – alone or with a group – and share it on social media or post on his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/krazygeorge00.
For those who haven’t watched live sporting events in the past four decades, The Wave is a visual spectacle created by fans standing and sitting in unison, section by section. Henderson – a former high school teacher who turned cheerleading into a second career when the San Jose earthquakes hit in 1974 – started it in a playoff game between the New York Yankees and Oakland A’s on October 15, 1981, and has continued ever since. … …
“The impact it had on Oakland A’s game that day – it was the first time it was in front of a large crowd – was quite dramatic for me,” he said. “When this wave came in and all three decks were doing it after the fourth try, it was something to see.”
The game was first filmed on television, but Henderson had fans waving at the Colorado Rockies hockey games at least a year earlier. But as soon as people saw him, he quickly caught on – even appeared in films of the 80s, such as “Field of Dreams” and “When Harry Met Sally.”
Crazy George will celebrate his 40th anniversary Friday night when he plays the San Jose State home soccer game at 7:30 pm against San Diego State at CEFCU Stadium. And, of course, he says that during the game he will have a jubilee wave.
The biggest challenge for this? The eastern stands at the CEFCU stadium have been removed to make way for the construction of a new Football Operations Center – meaning that the Wave will have to jump from the end zone to the end zone. If anyone can do it, it is Crazy George.
Like any inventor, Henderson takes pride in his creation and takes it as a legacy.
“I really like the idea that he will outlive me,” he said. “He will never die. Someone is going to do it somewhere. ”
PAY IN ADVANCE: As Santa Clara County Inspector, Larry Stone is eligible for the $ 2,500 “hero” award that County Executive Jeff Smith recently announced to county employees in recognition of their work during the COVID-19 pandemic, but he does not receive from not a penny. …
Stone sent a letter to Smith last week saying he plans to donate all of this to nonprofits, half of which will go to affordable housing agencies and the other half to art organizations hit by the county’s shelter-in-place orders. In the past year. But Stone also said he supports efforts to reward the county’s 22,000 employees with $ 76 million from the federal U.S. Rescue Plan Act.
“Leadership during the COVID-19 crisis was difficult and almost every decision was controversial,” he wrote. “However, this decision to acknowledge and reward the titanic efforts of employees is probably one of the most rewarding you have made during this crisis.”
WALK DIRECT: After a hiatus due to the pandemic last year, Stroll The Alameda returns this Sunday to showcase businesses and restaurants west of downtown San Jose. The event, organized by the Shasta Hanchett Park Neighborhood Association, runs from 2 pm to 5 pm and includes many free family fun and activities. But people over the age of 21 can purchase tickets to sample the local wines and beers served in shops along the route.
You can purchase tickets and get more information at www.shpna.org/2021-stroll-the-alameda. Tickets can be collected or purchased on Sundays starting at 1:30 pm at Park Avenue Preschool, 1080 The Alameda.