Dropmeisters this year were hard-boiled veterans William Bradley, Bill Randel, and Tim Barnes. At ground zero were judges Cindy Worster and Debby Novak (clad in white uniforms and green lipstick), who gave thumbs-up to surviving entries and thumbs-down to those that ended sunny-side-up. Perennial emcee Brian Bevirt delivered plenty of yolks, while Rick Anthes presented egg-topped trophies to the Most Eggscellent entrant from each institution (see below).
Once the contest was over (easy), Bixby had again shellacked NCAR, with 48% of its entries successful as opposed to 42% of NCAR's creations. The margin this year was narrower than usual, though. Could the day of another NCAR victory--which would be only our second since 1987--be ap-poaching? BH
|Most Eggscellent winners Roger Hendershot and son Reid. (All photos by Carlye Calvin.)|
|Tim Barnes launches "Sonic Ball," created by NCAR's Julie Emo and daughter Samantha. The egg supported by this red and green framework of balloons met an ignominious end on the pavement. "Beautiful flight, though," noted emcee Brian Bevirt.|
|"Ganymede," produced by the Marsfest group at Bixby, is launched on its brief but spectacular flight by William Bradley. See an MPEG video of "Ganymede" on the Web.|
Overheard at the drop
William Bradley: "Who's judging?"
Rene Munoz: "The one with the green lips."
Unidentified Bixbyite, waiting for the show to begin: "Drop the eggs already!"
Alice Lecinski, commenting on her entry, "Mauna Loa Eggservatory Goes Postal," an egg encased in a Priority Mail envelope: "I got it together in two seconds. It's really pathetic." (At least the clean-up was minimal.)
The Bixby crowd, cheering on their entries: "No soup! No soup!"
|Students from Bixby egg on their team.|
|Judges Debby Novak and Cindy Worster render their verdict--this egg is toast.|
NCAR Director's Office: "Yolk's on Us." Another crowd-pleaser, this entry produced a satisfying splash of yellow Jell-O.
Bixby: Ariel Esposito, "Eggsteroid"
Bixby: Monica Faberman, "Untitled"
Bixby: Chris Ward, "Triple Threat"
|Bixby students produced this array of Mars paraphernalia.|
|More than egg was dropped in "Mars Eggfinder." Carter Emmart's creation held a remote-controlled vehicle that roved the ML parking lot. It was deployed from a much larger contraption of cardboard and dozens of helium balloons designed to break its fall.|
Near-instant replay! Catch two of the most eggstravagant productions from this year's drop, captured on MPEG video for the Web version of Staff Notes Monthly.