Party Itineraries: See schedules from past bus parties.
Calvin and Hobbes doing a beer bong on a bus was from the January 1989
Bus Party shirts. This design was picked up by the The
Alt Drunken Bastards "Official" Homepage. The logo was
part of the criteria used when their web page was chosen the "Worst
Of The Web.". Check out the judge's comments
about the way The Mathu Party Page ruined Calvin and Hobbes!
See Calvin and Hobbes at The Alt Drunken Bastards Featured Page Of The...
|When the first Bus Party™ was thrown
is a fact lost to history. Friends indicate that at least one was thrown
in the late 1970's at Marquette University
by the Sig Eps fraternity.
A friend introduced the concept of the Bus Party™ to my
roommate, Matt Soik, in 1982. Matt was looking for a good
way to celebrate the birthdays of myself and our other roommate, Greg
Swan. Matt rented a Milwaukee County Transit System bus, invited
50 of our friends, threw a half barrel of beer (Pabst Blue Ribbon
-- the best) on the bus, and the modern Bus Party™ was born!
Since it was supposed to be a surprise party for Greg and me, the
theme was Top Secret Spy Party.
I don't remember much about the bars we hit, other than Milwaukee's Safe House
was one of the stops. The party lasted about three hours and ended up at
a bar where the band of some friends of our were playing in a band that
Come next spring we were looking for a party throw for mid-terms --
and the Magic Bus Party™ was
thrown. We also started using Bus Party™ Wapatui
instead of beer (the ride was just too rough and the barrel got too
foamy) and introduced a boom box for background tunes. This started the
tradition of twice a year parties that continued until Matt and I ran
out of classes to take at Marquette and had to leave school. When we
left Marquette, we thought that was the end of the bus parties. It
was... for a while.
After a few years hiatus, the party was resurrected in January 1987.
Matt and I, and later just myself diligently kept to a schedule of one
Bus Party™ per year, give or take a little.
The fame of the party spread, and a large entourage from Chicago
started attending the events on a regular basis. Blocks of hotel rooms
were booked; we started using articulated 90-passenger busses; music was
provided by a 70-watt battery powered amplifier; and commemorative tee
shirts were printed. The parties are often held on the last weekend in
October, since it was near my birthday and daylight savings time gave us
an extra hour of bar time that weekend.
Plans are underway for the fifteenth annual Bus Party™,
scheduled to hit the streets in early 2004. Add your name to the mailing list
to make sure you get the latest information!