Barry Erickson — Class of ’86
Tyler Johnson ’86 did a worthy introduction of Barry to the luncheon grads with a retracing of Barry’s accomplished career before he became Captain Husky.
While in high school, Barry was a football leader on the field as well as being the lead in the school play. He was an all-around guy who came to the UW with lots of energy and ideas. As a freshman, Barry played in the Husky Band where we encouraged others in the band to help resurrect the days of Rob Weller — Rob being the yell king who invented the “wave” as well as leading “attitude checks” and other memorable cheers. After adding life to Husky football games with the Husky Band, Barry we encouraged to apply for a formal yell leader position……and the rest is history.
As Barry reported, he was offered the yell leader position, but he negotiated that he could wear non-standard clothing. The individualism grew into the “Captain Husky” persona that Barry kept alive for nearly 30 years.
2 years ago, when the Huskies declared an end to the 90+ year old stadium and launched a remodel, Barry retired his Captain Husky role.
Barry and his wife and their two kids are packing up to relocated to Australia for a year of adventure. Sharing the options they considered, the results of their research, and the attitude they are carrying; Barry explained why his turning 50 brought on an Aussie trip instead of buying a red Corvette and racing up and down I-5.
And following the Aussie topic, Barry regaled the luncheon with stories of his Captain Husky days. Bob Sternoff ’78 asked Barry to share some of his more memorable times as Captain Husky. The result was a series of colorful stories that had everyone chuckling along with Barry.
Bon Voyage to Barry. We’ll see him upon his return.