I wonder where some fads come from. I mean, who was it that said, “Hey, I know–let’s take off all of our clothes and run across the football field during the middle of a game!”
Streaking has actually been around for centuries, according to Wikipedia. A man was arrested in 1799 in London after accepting a bet to run through town naked. By February 1974, newspapers and magazines were beginning to write about it as a fad, mostly on college campuses. There was even a #1 song, “The Streak,” by Ray Stevens.
On April 2, 1974, right before The Sting was announced as Best Picture, a naked man (later identified as Robert Opel) streaked across the stage behind David Niven while flashing a peace sign with his fingers.
Far more memorable than the streaker himself, however, was Niven’s incredible impromptu comeback, cutting the man to the quick: “Isn’t it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?”
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