Who Are the Hoo-Hoo?

Just a touch north of my station territory in Clark County is the town of Gurdon, Arkansas. Gurdon seems to be known for two things–the mysterious Gurdon Light and the International Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo.

I’ll write a bit about the Gurdon Light in a later post (maybe around October), but let me explain a bit about the Hoo-Hoos…

The International Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo, Incorporated is a fraternal and service organization whose members are involved in the forests products industry (not just lumber, but also truckers who ship the stuff, journalists who print on the stuff, etc.)…The organization was founded in 1892 in Gurdon and now has members in such far flung places as Australia, New Zealand, Maylasia and South Africa…The order publishes the Hoo-Hoo Log and Ta1ly Magazine quarterly. There were 7,300 members in 1994.

The order was founded by a group of timber industry men who were trapped on a train in Gurdon tring to get to a Yellow Pine Industry conference in Camden, Arkansas…While they waited for their delayed arrival, they formed a new order…It was decided to call the new order the “Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo”, and not the “Ancient Order of Camp Followers” as one founding father suggested.

These guys were way ahead of their time in terms of post-modern-style humor…the Hoo-Hoo was designed to be a parody of a faternal organization and was intended to fight superstition and conventionalism…What I love about the Hoo-Hoo is that they have a sense of humor about their organization…The chief executive officer of Hoo-Hoo is the Snark of the Universe (formerly the Grand Snark of the Universe). The Board of Directors includes the Chairman, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, the Seer of the House of Ancients and the Supreme Nines. The Supreme Nines include the Supreme Hoo-Hoo, Senior Hoo-Hoo, Junior Hoo-Hoo, Scrivenoter, Bojum, Jabberwock, Custocatian, Arcanoper and Gurdon. The Hoo-Hoo emblem is a black cat with its tail curled into the shape of a figure nine.

If you ever go by Gurdon…stop by the International Headquarters…

Hey…I’ve done lots of timber-sale-related archeological surveys…I wonder if they’d let me in the order?

Hoo-Hoo Links

http://www.hoo-hoo.org/
http://www.hoo-hoo.org/pdf/HHI-History.pdf
http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=1199

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One Comment on “Who Are the Hoo-Hoo?”

  1. Trevor Huxham
    May 14, 2010 at 8:36 pm #

    This is great stuff. My history professor at Ouachita Baptist has mentioned the Hoo-Hoos in class before, and all of us students just sort of looked at each other in confusion, since he never explained what they were. Thanks for the explanation, and for pointing out that the Hoo-Hoos parody other fraternal organizations.

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