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The following repudiation was sent to big Hugh in 1969 for excluding the Warriors Band from the Peoples Poll:

Letter to Playboy


January 22, 1969

Playboy Magazine,
Playboy Building,
919 N. Michigan Avenue,
Chicago, Ill. 60611

Dear Playboy,

“Why”, cooed the delectable young coed, “did the Warriors Band not make the Playboy Jazz Poll?”

“Because”, replied the handsome mathematics senior, obviously flustered, “the jazz establishment is firmly entrenched in the Playboy Clique, thus inspiring a list of only the top twenty-five artists, without any accounting of votes, clearly repressing the free competition which North America hypocritically still claims to cherish”.

As Chief Centurion of the aforementioned group (and the aforementioned handsome math senior) I feel compelled to inform you that –

THE WARRIORS BAND IS ALIVE AND WELL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO, WATERLOO, ONTARIO, CANADA (north, and a little left of Washington, D.C.).

Enclosed you will find a picture of the group just after it had lived up to its most recent rallying cry “This band will self-destruct in fourteen bars of any song you want to name”.

You might be concerned that the number of people in the group would exclude it from Playboy’s Jazz Combo classification, but everybody says, after listening to the group on CHYM Radio, Waterloo, Canada (more north and more left of the Mississippi) that “there couldn’t possibly be seven musicians (that is, real musicians) in that band”.

In spite of the severe setback in the elitest (alitest in the sense that you have to be good) 1969 Playboy Jazz Poll we shall continue with our cause to promote tone-deafness and stamp out rhythm methods, until all have been converted.

I remain,
Yours anyway,

David Greenberg
Chief Centurion
Warriors Band
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
Canada
(a little to the north and a lot to the left of Alabama)