The Michigan Daily Friday, September 30, 1988
BY BRIAN JAR VINEN
DEMOCRAT or Republican? Wimp or Shrimp?
Poppy or Duke? With choices like these, it's no
wonder only 30 percent of students vote in presidential
elections. This year, voters have another choice,
courtesyof MTV. Randee of the Redwoods has, as
MTV puts it, "thrown his bandana in the ring."
Who is Randee of the Redwoods, you ask? Randee
is a candidate for people who enjoy uninvited guests, a
candidate unafraid to admit having difficulties when
placing an order at Dairy Queen, a candidate who is
proud that he got Camper Van Beethoven's "Good
Guys and Bad Guys" video onto MTV, and most
importantly, a candidate who probably can't remember
where he was during the Vietnam War.
Randee of the Redwoods emerged into the public eye
from his time capsule in grand '80s style last year with
a new catchphrase - "Either Way It's Fine With Me,"
a hip video to match, and a guaranteed media deal. After
Randee presided over MTV's Primary '88 coverage, a
germ of an idea was planted somewhere in the venal
minds of the spin doctors known to populate most
cable network headquarters. A few months later, Randee
delivered his confused "Mountain" manifesto. From
that point, Randee's campaign slowly began to build
up smoke. A new video and catchphrase appeared last
summer, "Just Say Whoa," shortly before Randee's
triumphant nomination in August.
After being nominated, candidates have to hit the
campaign trail and Randee is no exception. Randee is
stumping across the land from the back of a VW
microbus, and the campaign swing includes a stop in
Ann Arbor tonight. The Daily spoke to Randee a few
Daily: What is your name?
D: What is your quest?
R: To make everyone happy most of the time and
give them a place to stay.
D: What is your favorite color?
R: People keep asking me this. This is a trick
question I think so I'm gonna have to say blue.
D: What is the capital of Assyria?
R: This is another trick question. Norfolk.
D: Who is your running mate?
R: The Joan of Arc, but she doesn't fly so we're
gonna pick a new one at the show.
See Randee, Page 8
Forget the calendar
BY JIM PONIEWOZIK
Ah, my junior year in college.
I remember walking home from a
party on State Street late one
September evening, hearing "Com-
munication Breakdown" blare out of
the speakers of a passing car ...
I remember waiting for my 12:00
class to begin as a long-haired, tie-
dye-clad student sat down next to
me, singing Buffalo Springfield's
"For What It's Worth"...
I remember a crowd of my fellow
students gathered about, excitedly
telling one another how great Eric
Clapton was last night ...
No, I'm not 39 years old.
But I might as well be, for all the
cultural heritage I'll have to share
with the rest of my age group when
I do get that old. For I was unlucky
enough to be born into this, the
generation without identity. No,
scratch that. Make that the gen-
eration with someone else's identity
- its parents'.
It's become an axiom that, if you
want to encapsulate the essence of a
generation, you need look no further
than its pop culture. Mention the
'20s to someone and chances are
they'll think of F. Scott Fitzgerald
and flappers long before they think
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that you walking into the showing
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