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Dallas Cheerleader 1977 Poster
« on: 08 / 06 / 10 »
This is the first poster that solidified the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders as pop-culture icons.  I believe over 1 million posters were sold.

Cheerleaders shown (left to right)


Here is an excerpt from Pro-Arts "The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders poster was the first one we had done of a group rather than an individual. When we first produced this one in May 1977, many people thought that it would only sell in Texas. But our research had shown that the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders would be popular elsewhere, too. Television crews often turned their cameras on the Cheerleaders in between plays or when the Cowboys were in a huddle,  which we thought had created a tremendous amount of interest nationally.   As it turned out, many more copies of this poster have been sold outside Texas, and it has now sold over a million copies. Since that time, Pro Arts has produced a number of cheerleader posters and sold them nationwide: we've done the Oakland Raiderettes, the Miami Dolphin Starbrites, the L.A. Rams Cheerleaders, the Chicago Honey Bears and the Sunshine Girls of Toronto." more information can be found here : http://www.wonderland-site.com/html/mags/books00008.htm
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Re: Dallas Cheerleader 1977 Poster
« Reply #1 on: 03 / 30 / 11 »
I remember when this poster first hit the stores. I bought one, and I still have it. I remember this poster appearing on the show, "Real People", and guys at school would talk about it, and we had this image on our tee shirts. I remember JAWS was the iron on tranfer, but when us guys found out that this photo came in iron on, we rushed out to get it. One of the best posters that has ever hit the market.
I love the vintage cheerleading catalogs and school spirt catalogs of the 60 and 70's. I enjoy designing and sewing vintage fashions. My favorite photos of the DCC are from the 70's and 80's.

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Re: Dallas Cheerleader 1977 Poster
« Reply #2 on: 03 / 30 / 11 »
I remember the show "Real People" that is one segment I would love to see again.  I remember them interviewing Suzanne Mitchell...  I wonder if that segment still exists somewhere.
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Re: Dallas Cheerleader 1977 Poster
« Reply #3 on: 10 / 20 / 11 »
I think it's time to revisit this.....it is well known that the iconic poster was released in 1977 but does in fact feature members of the 1976/77 squad.......which holds true for four of the five squad members listed above.....plus it's easy to spot (for any DCC fan) Suzette, Suzie ('76 being her only year) and Cynde.....Debbie is wearing a very different hairstyle than her norm but I'm sure this was done for "glamour" purposes

what I am questioning is the inclusion of Syndy Garza....who did not become a DCC until the 77/78 squad was selected---the poster shoot was done in early '77 before she would have come on board....though she does bear a resemblance to the lady in the poster image, I very seriously doubt that it is Syndy

so now the question is.....who is the mystery lady on the far left in the poster image?

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Re: Dallas Cheerleader 1977 Poster
« Reply #4 on: 10 / 20 / 11 »
OK,

Cynde Lewis cheered        76, 77
Suzette Russell cheered    77, 78, 79   
Suzie Holub                       76
Debbie Wagener               76, 77, 78
Syndy Garza                      77, 78, 79

If what your saying about Syndy is true, then Suzette should not have been featured in the photo as well, she also didn't start until 1977.   

I think the common element here is 1977.  Even though Suzie Holub only cheered in 76, I think she was still around possibly early into the 77 season.  The question comes down to when was the photo session took place, and when the next season's squad was chosen.

I do remember reading that the DCC auditions were closed and by invitation only up until a certain point, but I don't remember what year that was.  I'll have to check.  But that might explain the timeline and the Cheerleaders in the poster.

       
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Re: Dallas Cheerleader 1977 Poster
« Reply #5 on: 10 / 20 / 11 »
I have a cheerleader Yearbook from 1986.  I wasn't a large volume publication, it seems more like a press kit type of thing... but on the back cover it states that 1976 was the first year of open auditions for the Dallas Cheerleaders & there were 250 applicants.
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Re: Dallas Cheerleader 1977 Poster
« Reply #6 on: 10 / 20 / 11 »
it grows more and more confusing......

Gay Terrell is also featured in some of the outtakes (as seen in Bob Shaw's (the photgrapher for the poster) offerings on ebay) and she was not on the '76 squad either

the mystery lady is also present in some of those outtakes---but I still cannot identify her....still doesn't strike me as being the aforementioned Ms. Garza

to further the confusion, I'm fairly certain that I read recently that the poster and the October, 1977 Esquire magazine photos were shot on the same day......and the photos from that magazine all feature members of the 1976 squad (including Suzie--with what appears to be much shorter hair---though it may have just been poofed up for the poster shoot) with the exception of Debbie Kepley who supposedly didn't start her DCC career until 1977........BUT.....according to Kepley's own current website (she's a health food connoisseur of sorts), she cheered in 1976 and 1977

I'm beginning to wonder if there wasn't some addition and subtraction going on during the 1976 season....maybe some gals left after the squad photo was shot, for whatever reason, and were replaced with others who had just barely missed making the cut during tryouts.......this doesn't happen now....once a girl is removed, they're just gone.......but who knows what was going on back in the early days---before the squad became a phenomenon?

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Re: Dallas Cheerleader 1977 Poster
« Reply #7 on: 10 / 20 / 11 »
would be nice to know for sure just exactly who it is

I'd had myself convinced that it couldn't be Syndy.......but given the fact that I overlooked the fact that Suzette also was not pictured in the official 1976 team photo and also given my "revolving door" theory in 76/77 (or perhaps just on the day of the shoot(s)........it very well could be Syndy......though with all the givens....I can't rule out Lisa Wittrock or Sharon Null either

....but there's also a chance that it could be (going with the theory) a gal who wasn't present for the '76 photo but perhaps cheered that season but also did not make or did not even try out for the '77 squad

might have to consult the folks who were there to get a definitive answer

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Re: Dallas Cheerleader 1977 Poster
« Reply #8 on: 10 / 20 / 11 »
well....that didn't take long......

mystery lady's name is Christine (Kris) Marullo

it's possible she cheered a few games in '76 (going back to the "revolving door" theory)......she did make the squad in 1977 but apparently was cut or left before the squad photo was shot

my pre-season '77 DCC roster includes 36 names but only 33 are featured in the squad photo (and yes, Suzie Holub was also to be part of '77 squad too----the other name that didn't seem to stick around from auditions to the squad photo is a Danone Camden)

so---this explains Gay and Suzette's presence in the poster/outtakes

(there's another mystery gal in the outtakes that I can't quite identify--again on the far left---this time, in a group of seven but I'm not going to classify that one near as important----could be Danone?)

for now, I'm satisfied that the mystery has been solved

(next up....does Debbie Wagener spell her name that way or is it Waegner (as the myth goes)?)

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Re: Dallas Cheerleader 1977 Poster
« Reply #9 on: 01 / 11 / 12 »
I've wondered for years if Debbie and Syndy were in that poster or 2 other cheerleaders? Their must be someone out there that knows the truth!