Monday, March 29, 2010

“Go Get ‘em, Wildcats” should be Linfield fight song

Linfield Pep Band (not playing Linfield Fight Song)
before start of the
Oct. 10, 2008, Homecoming
football game at
Maxwell Field against Whitworth.


Offered through the March 2010 edition of Linfield E-Cat,
links to the Linfield Pep Band (in December 2009) playing:

  • Linfield Fight Song
  • Linfield Alma Mater
  • :::::::::::::::::::::

    When the Linfield Pep Band at Wildcat football games plays the Linfield Fight Song, what do you think? Well (if you even know it is the Linfield Fight Song), you will think the band is playing On Wisconsin.
    That’s understandable. The tune is On Wisconsin, official state of Wisconsin song and fight song of the University of Wisconsin Badgers.

    See below for lyrics to Linfield Fight Song and On Wisconsin.

    OK, if you agree Linfield Fight Song/On with Linfield/Really On Wisconsin is not appropriate as the college’s fight song, what should replace it? Here are three suggestions:

    Go Get ‘em, WildcatsListen to Linfield Choir Medley which includes Go Get ‘em, Wildcats.

    Wildcat VictoryListen to the fight song of Kansas State University, home of the Wildcats.
    Tsunami SirenListen to part of blast as heard from a Maui Civil Defense siren.

    Wildcat Fight Song

    On with Linfield, On with Linfield
    Fight right through that line

    Take the ball right down the field
    A touchdown’s sure this time
    RAH, RAH, RAH!

    On with Linfield, On with Linfield
    Fight on for your fame
    Fight Wildcats, fight, fight, fight!
    To win this game!

    On Wisconsin

    On Wisconsin, On Wisconsin
    Plunge right through that line

    Run the ball clear down the field, boys
    Touchdown sure this time

    On Wisconsin, On Wisconsin
    Fight on for her fame
    Fight Fellows, Fight, Fight, Fight
    We'll win this game!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Toyopet was part of Linfield student life for Brothers Kincaid, Mike and Terry

Mike and Terry Kincaid (above). The Toyopet Corona (left) which they had as Linfield students looked like this, Mike said, except it was white.

When brothers Mike (1969 B.S. Business) and Terry Kincaid were Linfield students they had “wheels” like no one else. They were driving a Toyopet with right hand steering.

Before getting continuing this story, some background. Brothers Kincaid hail from Kailua (Oahu), Hawaii. Both are Kailua graduates – Mike in 1965 and James in 1967 -- from The Kamehameha Schools of Honolulu. They were outstanding student-athletes for the “Kam” Warriors.

Mike was an all-Northwest Conference first team linebacker, lettering playing for both Coaches Paul Durham (1966 and 1967) Ad Rutschman (1968 season). He was a “Wildcat top defender” award winner, too. Mike lead the Linfield team in tackles in two seasons.

Back to the story…. A Toyopet? It was one of Toyota’s earliest passenger cars. When the brothers needed transportation while studying at Linfield, their father came to the rescue.

In 1966, via an associate of their father – Donald Kincaid, president of D.R. Kincaid, Ltd. -- bought a white Toyopet Corona 4-door sedan in Osaka, Japan. It was loaded on one of the company’s freight ships there.

After the ship docked in Portland, it was off-loaded there. Mike and Terry picked it up. “I wasn’t expecting a right hand drive car,” said Mike. “So, I was a bit anxious (driving on the way) back to Linfield, had to adjust to look left (in) the rearview mirror and clearing the vehicle was a major adjustment. We got a lot of curious looks from other motorists all the time. It didn’t take long to become accustomed to driving it.”

In 1966 the best known, best selling foreign car in the U.S. was the German-made Volkswagen Beetle. According to one history of Toyota, “By 1967, Toyota had become well established in the United States, albeit as a niche player.” The history includes the fact sales of the Toyota in the U.S. “hit 6,400 in 1965, and reached 71,000 by 1968….”

The (3-speed manual transmission) Toyopet “we drove was unique by U.S. standards,” said Mike. It may have been one of the few new cars in McMinnville or Oregon with the steering wheel on the right hand side. Their car was manufactured for driving in Japan, where vehicles travel on right.

“I believe it was the only Toyota I saw in Oregon and traveling “all over the Northwest,” said Mike. The brothers drove it for two or three years. He said the car “had a lot of guts.” Apparently their Toyopet was similar to the Toyota Corona being sold in the 1966 in the U.S. with a 90-hp engine and a 3-speed. By comparison, the 1966 Beetle had a meager 50-hp engine.

The brothers had the Toyopet a couple of years when, alas, it was wrecked in an accident.

While the Toyopet is long gone. Memories of the car live on for Mike and James.

Background information:

  • In addition to his Linfield business bachelor’s degree earned in 1969, Mike earned a MBA/master’s of business administration in 1975 from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.
  • When Mike was a 1967 season first team All-Northwest Conference linebacker, there were two other players in the conference selected for the same honor. One of them was Willamette’s Cal Lee, a grad of Honolulu’s Kalani High School.
  • Mike’s Linfield football playing career included playing in two historic games, both season openers. In 1968, it was the Wildcats’ 15-13 win over the University of Hawaii in Honolulu during Paul Durham’s last season as Linfield coach. In 1968, in Ad Rutschman’s first game as Linfield coach, the ‘Cats beat Boise State 17-7 in Boise. A story about the Boise win says Mike “contained many a (Boise State) sweep.”
  • In high school, Mike was an outstanding athlete. In addition to playing football, he also competed in high school for Kamehameha in basketball. These days his athletic pursuits include handball and canoe sailing. For more information about Mike and canoe sailing, see these two stories:

HSCA title chase gets extreme

Kailua on the Water

Mike Kincaid, former 'Cat football player mentioned: Kailua on the Water

Part of an article from
April 2006
Honolulu Magazine

Kailua on the Water

The heart of Kailua may not be on land at all, but in the ocean, where generations of Kailuans have found adventure, recreation, even comfort.

There’s no shortage of people in Kailua who were born, raised and never left because of the water. I was fortunate enough to find more than a handful who were willing to share their thoughts on why.

"As soon as I could walk I was making little canoes out of corrugated tin roofing and tar," says Mike Kincaid, who was born on what was called the "Bishop Track" of Kailua in 1946--dairy farm land, which ran all the way to where Enchanted Lake now sits. "We would see who could make a canoe that could get all the way to the mouth of the river. When we got too old for that, we began paddling out to Flat Island for surf sessions."

Kincaid still recalls the handful of summer cottages on Lanikai Beach, hanging with the cowboys who tended to the dairy farms at Campos Dairy (where Daiei now is), and surfing the shore-breaks at Kalama.

In 1986, Kincaid helped launch the Naholokai Sailing Canoe Race series, to revive and teach Hawaiian sailing techniques. That same year, nine sailing canoes lined the bay in Kailua, and the sight alone hooked Kincaid--who had recently returned from a decade on the Mainland--on spending the majority of his time sailing her waters. Since then, he has participated every year in the event, which occurs in 72-hour stints between April and October, and sails between all the major Islands before returning to Kailua.

"It teaches you a lot about the ocean. It teaches you more about yourself. The experience is a cleansing, of sorts," shares Kincaid, who was president of the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association for 18 years. "It’s a spiritual journey that can be fluid and graceful at 10 or 12 knots, or exciting at over 20 knots. Either way, Kailua is the greatest training ground for a sailor. It’s full of unadulterated, head-on trade winds. Anyone can paddle or sail downwind. But you have to learn to do both into the wind before you consider yourself any type of waterman."

"HSCA title chase gets extreme" story mentions Mike Kincaid, former Linfield football player

HSCA title chase gets extreme
By Cindy Luis
Honolulu Star - Bulletin
Sep 20, 2002.

Before the X Games, before ESPN, there were sailing canoes. The original Polynesian extreme sport has been around for more than a thousand years.

The modern version -- the -- has been around only since 1986. It's a cultural revival of ancient Hawaiian skills being put to the test at up to 14 knots on the open ocean.

Tomorrow, it's a test to see which crew will win the Kendall Pacific Challenge as well as the overall racing series title. Just five points separate first from third place and, for the first time in the history of the HSCA, an Oahu crew could win the championship.

Kauai's Marvin Otsuji, captain of the Kamakakoa, has 152 points after eight races this season. Chasing him are Mike Kincaid of Oahu (152 points) and Kauai's Sharky Aguilar (147).

"It's such an on-the-edge sport," said Kincaid, HSCA president. "We average 10-11 knots and, at 14 knots, we're really smoking. Looking back on some races, there's been times when we ask, 'What are we doing out here?'

"It's more than a hobby. We get to practice what our Hawaiian ancestors did, learn those skills and use them. It's more than just getting out and sailing. We pick up that cultural aspect as well. The thrill is in connecting all the dots."
The nine-race schedule includes five interisland races and four coastal competitions. Tomorrow's finale begins at noon and runs from Nawiliwili Harbor to Waimea, about 28 miles around the south shore of Kauai.

It's a relatively short course for the 15 six-person canoes entered, with the first finisher expected around 2:30 p.m. It's also a relatively easy run, compared to Na Holo Kai, the 8-hour-plus race across the Kauai Channel from Haleiwa to Nawiliwili.

"Saturday, it's anybody's race," said Kincaid. It doesn't favor the Kauai guys. The guy who steers the best will win. It will be a horse race."

Tui Tonga, captained by Jason Dameron of Kauai, won this event last year and also the July Na Holo Kai. With 37 points, he is not in contention for the overall title.
Neither is Terry Galpin, captain of the all-women's Moa E Ku, who has 75 points. In its distinctive shocking pink and blue canoe, it's the only women's crew to have done all five of the interisland channel races this season.

"I have had wahine mentors over the years, Laola Lake and Emily Godient, who were the first wahine captains in HSCA," said Galpin. "Their skills and knowledge have always pushed me to become better. The men have been very supportive, too. In the early years, it was Uncle Mike (Kincaid) and his nephew, Nakoa Prejean, who taught me the skills needed to be able to captain the canoe safely.

"As the steersman, my crew's lives are literally in my hands. This isn't a sport for the timid."

Monday, March 08, 2010

Who's the Linfield grad, famous for folding chair ritual at Wildcat men basketball games?

Olympia Beer commercial, May 5, 1981. Location shoot at a tavern in a Puget Sound mountanious area.

Who's the Linfield grad, famous for folding chair ritual at Wildcat men basketball games?

In this TV commercial his line is, "Can't do that."

When Ted Wilson was Linfield head men's basketball coach, the fame of this student (now grad) was at Wildcat hoops games in Riley Gym. Watching the game floor level, he sat in a metal folding chair in the corner near the South Forty. When he knew the game was in hand -- the 'Cats were going to win -- he'd fold the chair. It was -- thank you George Pasero -- akin to Coach Red Auerbach lighting up his famous cigar when the Boston Celtics had a game in hand.

Give up? He is Dennis "Den" Surles.


In the early 1950s, Den Surles' father, Leonard Allen "Len" Surles, and Theodore R. "Ted" Wilson were students at the University of Oregon and friends. Their initial friendship was when Len was a teacher and coach at Baker, Ore., High School and Ted had the same duties at La Grande, Ore. High School. Baker (now called Baker City) and La Grande are in eastern Oregon, about 45 miles apart. Back at the UO, Len and Ted each earned physcical education master of science degrees in 1952.

Len's thesis: "The contributions of a fundamental physical education course toward physical fitness."

Ted's thesis: "A study of the development of balance through certain controlled methods."