AP Lost & Found: Flamboyant Southern Five Finally In Full Reunion For 40th Anniversary (Spring
As any of the 124 line presidents down through our lineage will assure you -- attempts to assemble reunion lines is like trying to wrangle rabid raccoons at the greek picnic in Philly! But a much, much milder version of bruh-rangling had been brewing with the Flamboyant Southern Five as they approached their 40th Anniversary this year.
Back in the Spring of 1978, their sheer innocence, mid-century afros, and thick-ass polyester neckties gave them every reason to keep the 5-member band together, forever -- come what may.
And it looks as though the most recent plots to reassemble the line involved generous frequent flyer miles, boozey tourist destinations, and random muscle flexes, just because. These postcards from the edge of a total reunion began to have a redundant theme ... 4 but not 5.
In a bold attempt to attract their lone missing member with wit and fashion, the flamboyant foursome decided to incorporate sport jackets into the mix, and baseball caps too. Didn't work though, as they're still one digit short.
They kept the sports jacket theme for the dinner that same evening of homecoming in hopes that their fraternal lives would be made complete by the time of last call. Nada.
Thinking it was their winning attempt, they also made a sojourn to Baltimore and the national headquarters that same year, but accidentally left their Ace at the Maryland Live Casino. So now they're 2 members down, and somebody stole Webster's sports jacket from the rental car.
Independent of each other, the line brothers made miscellaneous attempts to start their own fraternities in hopes of experiencing fuller and more complete reunions. One failed attempt is captured above as a pledge group from Run Phi Run is gathered just prior to their collapse.
But really fellas -- all those false-starts could have been avoided had you just got on Spirit Airlines and flown out to Phoenix! After all, that's where Dexter W. Dawson (above, far right), your missing link lives! And so they did just that, and just in time for their 40th Anniversary as initiates of Alpha Rho Chapter.
Good to finally see you Dexter ... but, where's your sports jacket bruh?