REBUS St. Louis

REBUS Rumpus Stirs Up Banter and New Beholder of Lance Whiskin’s Golden Paddle by ryanfarrellstl
March 15, 2013, 3:56 pm
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Rebus 2013 Ping Pong Rumpus

Fans from all over the city swarmed PLUSH on Tuesday night to witness the winner of REBUS Rumpus…and Lance Whiskin’s golden paddle. Nearly 50 players decked in sporty headbands, wife beater shirts, and yes, even black dress socks with shorts, showed off their ping pong skills.

Read what spectators had to say about the event:

“Looking around, I feel…clean. People are smiling and having fun. It’s a great way to bring energy to the advertising community.” –Murphy O’Brien, Copywriter for Momentum

“We had 4 in, and 1 left. I’m hoping we can win it. And I hope we get our table back tomorrow!” –Sharon Ayres, VP of HR for Moosylvania

“I beat myself in the second round. Games to 11 are tough, but I’ll be back next year.”—Eric Tatham, Art Director for Rodgers Townsend and Rumpus contender

As one of the highlights of the night, a random 12-year old contestant made it to the fifth round, but was defeated by Osborn Barr computer programmer, Jack Lawry. We asked Jack how it felt beating a 12-year old. He replied, “It didn’t feel very good. I don’t know how I won it. But it’s a great event and I’ve met a lot of people.” Unfortunately, Jack lost in the next, semi-final round.

And of course, ex-professional Lance Whiskin made an appearance in the tourney, albeit a short-lived one. Thus the paddle pass-down.

So how did this paddle pandemonium pan out?

Emotion poured from the final contenders just before the championship game began. Clifford a.k.a. “Big Red”, an SIUE grad student in environmental science management, confessed that he “warmed up with a guy who lost in the first round”. And Mirsad, a front end developer at Moosylvania, held back tears as he proclaimed how happy he was to be here and that so many people came out.

They played an intense game to 21 as spectators’ heads followed the ball from left to right and back again. And although Clifford gave a valiant effort, Mirsad nabbed a 21-16 victory, 5 Benjamin Franklins and the prized golden paddle of Lance Whiskin. Mirsad said he planned to donate most of it to a charity. Other sources indicate he may have bought his coworkers a victory round first.

When asked how he thought the event went, organizer Tipper O’Brien remarked, “I’m so happy so many people showed up. In the future, other REBUS events will still be education-based but will contain an element of fun, too. We want to make sure people have a good time.”

Thanks to Tipper for organizing the first annual REBUS Rumpus event. And thanks also to all the table lenders, players and spectators for making the Rumpus a smash.

Written by Natalie Gensits


St. Louis Addys: It’s What We Do by ryanfarrellstl
March 1, 2013, 3:27 pm
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St. Louis Addy Week

Who cares about the St. Louis Addys?

We do. People that understand that one trophy isn’t going to make or break an agency. Once you realize that the Addys are fuel for our industry fire, you start to get it. As much as we whine and complain, we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t love it.

How was it?

 Simply put, the St. Louis Addy Awards were great, but they always are. After mingling with some of the industry’s best, it was time for the awards. Here, we learn that size doesn’t matter. Some of the literal big winners, HLK and Rodgers Townsend, didn’t overshadow smaller shops like Atomicdust and Toky. No one cares what logo’s on your check. We just care that you’re doing great work within our city limits – that’s it. While the St. Louis advertising community continues to plot a bigger space on the industry map, something unique happens at these events.

That Midwestern sense of respect tends to become apparent. Competitors hang up the gloves for the night and kick back. All of the titles and agency battles fade – everyone’s there to have a good time and hopefully take home an Addy, or 20. It’s one room filled with talent, beer and chicken-fried bacon – a mix that’s on par with any in the world.

See you next year

In the end, we drank, we ate and we celebrated the fact that good work wins out in the end. Win, lose or draw, we’ll all be back next year to do it over again. Why? Because we all love the chance to drink with people who understand exactly what we do every day.

There are so many people and groups to thank for filling the night with free beer, free food and free beer. Sponsors, you know who you are, thanks. Since you busted out your wallet, Manifest Digital, thank you and welcome to St. Louis.

 Written By: Ken Earley 

Be sure to check out the REBUS Ping Pong Rumpus on March 12th at Plush. $10 earns your chance at $500 and ownership of ping pong legend Lance Whiskin’s golden paddle.

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