Don Moore writes, "This picture was taken by someone who had borrowed my camera, when we stole a banner that was hanging over the railing outside Betty Blake's homeroom. The background was as follows:
We had just beaten Blake's homeroom in the Senior Bake Sale, which was held to get money for the Senior Patio (which was finally poured, due to the profits from the sale finally putting us over the top).
In order to spice up the Bake Sale we had agreed to have a contest in which the homeroom with the most baked goods would not have to do the dreaded cafeteria duty, with the losers providing the necessary labor pool. We had developed a formula in which 12 cupcakes would count as much as a cake or pie or a tray of brownies, etc. with "Stone Face" Nolan making the final determination in the case of close calls.
I think it was either Solly Ward or Wirt Salthouse who determined that cupcakes offered the most "bang for the buck", and could be mass-produced with relative ease by non-domesticated teen-aged males. In addition, cupcakes offered several other advantages:
1. They could be subject to taste tests, diversion of assets, and outright pilferage at any point in the baking cycle without noticeable effect on the finished product, (the missing piece of cake syndrome).
2. They sold well to other students, and to the passersby at the Hickam Commissary, who were not always ready to spring for a whole cake/pie etc.
Thus, with the joint effort of several of us Home Economic Rejects, we buried the other homerooms in cupcakes.
Now the reason for the picture... Someone in Blake's homeroom put up a bed sheet with words like 'Moto's Morons Cheated' and hung it over the railing so that our homeroom (Mrs. Ishimoto's) could see the banner through the windows that looked directly onto the sidewall from the next tier of buildings. So it was during the roll-call portion of homeroom that several of us, Cricket, Bill, Wayne and I, snuck down to their corridor and stole the banner. Ed was just standing by and not part of the action.
There were actually three photos taken of the action, and this was the first and the only one to survive. But the second was the funniest, with the third being a shot I took from my desk as Ms. Blake confronted a completely perplexed Ishimoto, who had no idea what we had done. (We had hidden the banner behind a section of wall lockers near our class, and had quietly filed into the classroom).
The second shot showed me taking the turn up the main corridor, as Bill and Wayne followed. Cricket had fallen behind and was snap-rolled up the main corridor in "crack the whip" fashion, with both feet off the ground. With one hand on the banner and the other eagle spread to the sky, she always reminded me of the way Snoopy danced in the Peanuts cartoons. I wish to God I still had that other picture..."