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Home Up Huzar Replies


Round 2, The Shaggie Saga Develops: 

SSQQ Responds to Mr. Huzar

Date :  Sunday, February 06, 2000

 Mr. Stephen Huzar,

SSQQ certainly means no harm in the use of the term “Forbidden Word Jitterbug”.  Indeed, we use the term with respect. Similar in some ways to the dance known as “Swing”, the dance we call “Forbidden Word Jitterbug” is frequently used up at Texas A&M. The term “Forbidden Word Jitterbug” has a high recognition factor here in Houston since many of its graduates move here after completing their education. People see this form of dancing used in the clubs, ask what the dance is called, and more often than not are told it is “Forbidden Word Jitterbug”.

I have always had the greatest respect for Texas A&M. Back in the early 80s, my veterinarian told me my border collie had an inoperable tumor and offered to put her to sleep on the spot. I decided to get another opinion and was referred to an A&M-trained vet named Dr. Johnson. He said he had heard of an experimental treatment up at College Station. He went out of his way to ask a colleague to accept my dog into the program. I drove up to A&M, left my frightened dog at the clinic, and came back for her a week later. The tumor was completely gone, dried up by the cobalt treatment. There were no side effects and my dog lived happily another eight years. Not bad for a dog the first vet offered to put to sleep.

This of course is the type of memory I prefer to have for A&M rather than some ridiculous threat over a dance class of all things. I would never attempt to exploit your university in any way.

I have an A&M graduate on my teaching staff named Rachel Seff. She is not only enormously talented, Ms Seff just happens to be your University’s 1999 recipient of the Harris Award for Community Service, an honor I was pleased to announce on my dance studio’s web site. If you don’t believe me, visit this page: http://www.ssqq.com/grapevine99.htm You will have to scroll towards the bottom since the entry is dated 12-09-99.

If you are indeed serious about trying to raise scholarship money, I will allow Ms. Seff to teach a “Forbidden Word Jitterbug” Crash Course on a Saturday night at my studio in conjunction with your organization. I will work with your organization in an attempt to promote it. All proceeds will go to your scholarship fund.

It is a shame you didn’t contact me in a nicer tone. I certainly did not appreciate your heavy-handed bullying tactics. In the future you might find you accomplish more with chocolate than acid.

Rick Archer

SSQQ Dance Studio
Houston, Texas

(For those of you who wish to know what SSQQ says about “Forbidden Word Jitterbug” on its web site, please visit this address: http://ssqq.com/information/descswng.htm)



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