What is this? Week 842 since the pandemic ruined all of our fun. While many of us are feeling blue due to the cancellation of well…everything, one man remains undaunted. Twenty-five years ago David Pouncey created an International Spam Carving Contest and he’s not about to let COVID-19 harsh his buzz.
Back in the olden days when we could congregate, the contest was held in his backyard. However, thanks to the current murderous cootie plague, the carving will take place virtually. Considering the odor that twenty cans of open Spam can produce, maybe that’s not such a terrible thing.
In this edition of Radio Chipstone, contributor gianofer fields, with colorful commentary from local musician Don Vasa, reaches into her archives to give us her sad attempt at the play by play of an earlier Spam Carving Contest in the days before social distancing.
About the Host:
gianofer (JON nah fer) fields is an Art Historian and Material Culture contributor and curates the Radio Chipstone series. The project is hosted by the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and funded by the Chipstone Foundation; a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in decorative arts.
About the Guest:
David Pouncey is a singer, retired nurse, and gentleman living and thriving in Madison.
Don Vasa is a local musician, brewmaster, and clearly a good sport.
Image: Spam carving. Image courtesy of gianofer fields.
This segment comes from the Radio Chipstone Archives of WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio. See here.