The Walton Arts Center had been a passion of Gridiron Actors Guild for nearly a decade. The thought of it seemed like an opportunity to finally perform the show in a real theater in Fayetteville. The Northwest Arkansas Gridiron had been performed in Springdale’s Rodeo Community Center and Springdale’s Arts Center of the Ozarks and … More Down on Dickson – 1989
In 1989, teen pregnancy in Arkansas had reached an all-time high, a rate of about 80 births per 1,000 teenage girls, just slightly ahead of Mississippi, thank God. Small-town and rural school districts turned out to have greater rates in Arkansas, and one of them, Lincoln School District, made a change in its health policy, … More Sixteen Going on Preggers – 1989
In the late 1980s, Congress voted itself a big raise, 51 percent. Here’s a parody song between two congressmen and three irate constituents from the Northwest Arkansas Gridiron Show. … More The 51 Percent Solution
In 1986, rumors abounded that Arkansas’s titan of finance, Jack Stephens, might be considering a run for the U.S. Senate. Gridiron couldn’t help wonder what was holding him back. As part of the Hit Parade, Mike Gauldin takes the role of Jack Stephens to explain, ably backed by Lisa Neal and Terri Phelan.
During the mid-1980s, Mike Gauldin created the character of Brother Billy Bob Barnswallow, whose Bible Bonanza at Brentwood became a recurring sketch each year in the Northwest Arkansas Gridiron. … More Brother Billy Bob – 1986