Hoban Lip Dub & Why I’m Proud To Be A Knight

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Lip Dub Ending.

9 minutes and 3 seconds is the length of the Archbishop Hoban 2013 Lip Dub on YouTube.  9 minutes and 3 seconds on YouTube is usually a lifetime. With my self-diagnosed Adult ADHD, I might as well watch both parts 1 and 2 of Che’. However, I have happily sat through this experience beginning to end, 4 times…..because it blows.my.mind.

THE VIDEO: The video starts with some classic Hoban-style dude-bros talking about what they are about to do (led by YouTube staple SuperMario3097). Throw in some acting dressed up as some solid 1920’s style banter between the buddies and you have yourself an intro. Then the old fade in begins and our video really starts (I am saying “our” because as an alumni, I am officially taking some undeserved credit for this too)….Two pituitary gland enhanced, high-school bodyguards open the doors to the “New Gym” and we’re off [SIDE-BAR: That’s what we called that gym when we were there. Why? Because it was newer than the Main Gym…..we weren’t the most clever group]! In a nutshell then, the students, faculty and probably some randos who made themselves available for this, show up to pull off the most entertaining, impressive and fun video I’ve seen in a long time!

You’ve heard of some film guy named Martin Scorsese and a little movie called Goodfellas, right?  Well, in that movie there’s a scene where Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco go to dinner for the first time when they’re younger. Liotta, looking 40 when he is supposed to be 21, tips the valet and we’re off on a 3 minute steady cam/1 shot take, all backed to The Crystal’s “So He Asked Me To Dance.”  Spoiler Alert: Liotta is NOT actually a construction union delegate.

This is one of the most iconic, and well paced shots in the history of cinema (I’m not a pretentious film buff, just sometimes I like to use big words and phrases).  If you want to look up some other cool ones, check out Brian De Palma’s opening scene in Snake Eyes (albeit Nic Cage) or most recently, Michelle Elizabeth Tanner‘s kid sister in the movie, Silent House.

Fanelli favorite.

Fanelli favorite.

Anyways, Mario Micale does his “masterpiece” in one shot too and it is just so freaking cool. The music is fun and upbeat, and everyone is game. I personally like the girl with the Ritz Cracker shirt the best, but everyone is just awesome. EXCEPT that people are sporting Bulls and Raiders garb as opposed to Cavs and Browns (my only disappointment throughout the whole stinkin’ thing). I’m not going to bore you with an adjective-laced analytic approach to the video, just watch it and love it.  And try to not beat yourself up about the following questions:

How long did it take to plan?  When did you shoot it (before or after school)? How many people were involved? Did you have to get permission first? Was there a budget? Can I be in the next one as the old guy in audience?  Why wasn’t Benny given a lip synch role?

Benny needed a solo.

Benny needed a solo.

Who was the cameraman walking with precision the whole time? Is the kid in the suit’s tailbone OK from hitting that wall? But most importantly, for the love of Brother Ken when did the school get so many computers?  We were still working with dial-up at that point in the world.   Long story short…..it is so awesome and I hope the views keep going up and up!

Now to why I love it and being part of the Hoban community is so special to me. I went to Hoban and graduated in 2002. My brother went there. My sister went there. My Dad went there.  During my 4 years at Hoban I experienced a lot. There was September 11th which also included bomb threats at Hoban, the whole LeBron James craze, some faculty problems (ask your older brothers/cousins), and I lost my Dad to cancer.  Words cannot, and will never be able to fully express the support and love my family received during such a trying time from the Hoban community. I am still in awe to the outcry of support we received and I want to thank you all once again for that.

Like most Hoban students, faculty and alumni, you have connections and a relationship with Hoban well before you set foot in the building; whether it be playing catch in the random spots of grass behind the visitor’s bleachers during Hoban football games when you’re in grade school or having a grandpa / uncle / homeless man / old guy tell you a story about when the HOBAN letters were put up for all to see while driving on 76 East (and hopefully you got off at the next exit, because if you keep driving on the highway you’ll hit some vast wastelands known as Youngstown and even, gulp, Pittsburgh).  Basically, Hoban is the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon of the Akron population. Give me two people and we can trace them back together somehow through Hoban connections.

One main reason why I love this video is because my facebook newsfeed was flooded with the video link from Hoban alumni all saying how great it was and how proud they are to be a part of such a close knit, well-connected community. It also gave us people closer to 30 than we are 25, a nice newsfeed break from pictures of people’s sons or daughters eating food at Chili’s and just being hilllllarious (I think I’m just jealous, don’t stop posting them). Two, between all the labels some of today’s youth are categorized in: meat-heads, emos, punks, sluts, nerds, geeks, tweakers, potheads, bums, brainy people, academics, jocks, Chris Hamads, etc. they ALL took part in this thing.  It’s like watching the U.N. agree on something.

Parking lot thuggin'

Parking lot thuggin’

Thinking about my class as well as all other classes during my time that were older or younger, I honestly could not see us doing this. All it takes is one “too cool for school” type person to say no and it’s a snowball effect. I also could not see us doing this for many other creative reasons (us not being as creative as you guys for one), but I don’t want to speak too lowly of our class here, obvi.  It’s just solid evidence of the amazing evolution our community has experienced, and the good (finally!) that can come out of of high school age social media. When I was in High School, I along with Jud Hartman were the only members of what was called the “Spirit Committee.”  I have no idea if it exists now, but basically it was Jud yelling at me for never showing up to the “mandatory” Student Council meetings (like I said, “too cool for school”) and then us planning our pep rallies.  Mum Day was of course awesome, and I have the 8mm film to prove it.  But after that I was pretty much spent and that was only after organizing 15% of the school (whatever the percentage the football team makes up), not the whole city like this over-achieving Mario Micale.  After Mum Day, we kind of went on auto-pilot for pep rallies limiting ourselves to come up with nicknames for the athletes.  Some of our best gems included *Heather “I jump like I’m” White, Joey Agosta “Wind” and Rebecca “I knock down pins” Adkinson.  Seriously, that was our nickname for Rebecca who was on the bowling team.  *Heather White is in fact a white Caucasian, so you are allowed to laugh/smirk at that nickname.

I don't think that's her real hair.

I don’t think that’s her real hair.

The family and lifelong support you get from the Hoban community is unlike any other and I mean that; and a video like this is a true testament to that.  I have friends to this day from other high schools in the area (I played football at John Carroll University so my world is still filled with a bunch of nostalgic guys from varying parochial schools in Ohio), who like myself, lived through their letterman jackets.  To this day we talk about who did what to whom in what game when we played that one time; and making fun of each other’s school(s). So it is just a phenomenal feeling to get phone calls from a bunch of washed-up former athletes who are not affiliated with Hoban at all, or more specifically with Akron, who were always itching to make fun of our school somehow, saying they sat through the entire thing and then admitting that it was just so damn impressive (read that last line clenching your jaw and holding your fist to your mouth for more dramatic effect). Well, that is the true tribute to people’s respect and jealousy for not being part of the Hoban community. I am very proud to be a Knight and you should too!

Disclaimer to Mario Micale: The last thing I watched 9 minutes of on YouTube was the Kony video thingy. After it went viral, its founder turned into a lunatic who crumbled like blue cheese under his new-found fame  (adults, click to read more).  Mario, do not, I repeat, DO NOT turn into a lunatic who crumbles like blue cheese under his own brilliance and fame (adults, click to read more). Contact me personally for more personal advice.

Later ya’ll,

Post by: Anthony Fanelli

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23 thoughts on “Hoban Lip Dub & Why I’m Proud To Be A Knight

  1. Anthony Fanelli: you just knocked my socks off with this writing! Granted, I did have to overlook that there was not even one word of Spanish in your entire delightfully-written, quite entertaining share – but I am beyond impressed at your mad expression skills! Kudos to you! -And all the best to Leia and Sonny (who’ll always be Sofía and Alejandro to this Señora!) – and to your Mom!

  2. The girl in the Ritz Sweater is a teacher lol and the kid in the Tux got shout outs from Mark Johnson the weather man…may have a bruised tailbone, but no bruised ego

      • Ritz Sweater is a religion teacher and the bruised tailbone guy was a wideout and sometime punter for the football team and middle distance track guy.

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