Shortly thereafter, he incorporated In Old New York into the closing number of a college follies show being rehearsed in Stillwater's Grand Opera House. But as he studied the stage decorated in orange and black for a campus scene, he realized that New York's praises were out of place for a southwestern college setting.
Suddenly OAMC flashed to my mind,? he explained in 1941. He asked the 30-voice choir to take a break, grabbed a piece of wrapping paper, hummed, and scribbled. In less than ten minutes he had the alternate lyrics that would enliven sports events long after opening night.
For that finale, a letterman representing each sport joined the chorus onstage. The students added their own memorable touch. They swayed and sang OAMC! OAMC! We'll sing your praise tonight, as they waved to the audience in unison.
It almost raised the roof off the old building, noted Seldombridge, who left the campus in 1910. Exhilarated, the crowd surged to its feet and returned the rhythmic wave. It took two encores before the campus and community gathering was willing to relinquish the emotion of the moment.
From that night on, you could frequently hear someone whistling the tune, he recalled, touched that OAMC's waving song was remembered as late as 1941.
The Waving Song
Oklahoma State! Oklahoma State!