At the 105th Reunion in 2014, we initiated the Silver Dollar Quartet Contest, honoring the original Silver Dollar Quartet members.
In 1922, Prescott Bush ’17 convinced Chuck Spofford ’18, Dick Kimball ’22, and Minot “Minnie” Dole ’23 to join him in founding the Silver Dollar Quartet (SDQ) as a means of continuing an active singing life beyond New Haven. All four were recent Whiff “Managers,” as the Popo was called in the very early years.
These men would lead prolific, storied careers in government and public service, and the SDQ would continue – for more than forty years – to harmonize and entertain all who would listen at Glee Club, Whiffenpoof, and other Yale reunions, as well as at scores of parties and gatherings from Florida to Maine. It was a true standard of the positive effects being a Whiffenpoof can have on our lives.
The overall champions in 2014 again represented the “more senior” cohort of Whiff Alumni. Their names were engraved on the SDQ Cup plaque, which has been on display at Mory’s since then.
Over a dozen quartet / quintet groups competed for the honor in 2014. The contest was evaluated as one of the outstanding events at the 105th reunion.
We will reprise the event again for the 110th Reunion and hope that many groups will take up the challenge.
Check back here in mid-August for all the details about registering for the event and setting your group up to complete.