Since Doug Strand added a comment about the Rusty's and the Bunny Hop to the previous post, I'd thought I'd do a fast update on the situation during my morning coffee break.
Rusty's is still in business on University Avenue. I haven't been there in decades, so I can't report on whether or not they still have "I Wanna Do It" on the jukebox. I'm guessing at the correct spelling of the song title, so I'll also guess at the name of the group responsible for this titillating 1960s single: I think it was Robin and the Seven Hoods. I know where to find the authoritative answer to these questions, but don't have time today to drop everything and run to the library. In the meantime, feel free to leave a comment about this subject: You know you want to do it.
The Bunny Hop, in Middleton, to the best of my recollection, bit the dust decades ago. I'm also not certain of the spelling here. Was it a bit more cutesy? I think I was there only once, so I don't remember much about it, but I know there are Madison Central High School alumni who can contribute some insights by leaving comments. I also vaguely remember that lots of Madison East High School alumni hung out there, too.
Of course, very few people hung out at these bars while they were in high school. You did have to be 18 to drink beer and Champale way back then.
The Bunny Hop, of course, is also the name of a dance that was very popular when we were in grade school. I also remember doing it at the street dances held on Rusk Street by the Hawthorne Playground. While searching for a good link to information about the origins of the Bunny Hop, I discovered something truly amazing: The flip side (B side) of the "Bunny Hop" single was the "Hokey Pokey," another dance I remember from elementary school, but one that also showed up at high school events, offering those of us who weren't very good at rock 'n' roll an opportunity to get out on the dance floor and shake our backsides.
If you want to hear the "Bunny Hop" music and read some "refresher course" instruction on how to do the dance, click HERE. And if you just want to see some bunnies hop, click HERE -- and no, these are not Playboy bunnies, they're animated versions of the fuzzy kind.
Complete set (1924-1926) online at Dane County Historical Society
Accessing The Madison Mirror online at the DCHS
Before you click on over to the DCHS site to view the online versions of The Madison Mirror, a few words of advice/wisdom/caution:
(1) The link in the middle of the "I Remember Madison Central High" page for title "Read The Madison Mirror" doesn't work; use the one in the sidebar ("View The Madison Mirror") instead.
(2) When you click on the "View The Madison Mirror" link, you'll reach a 32-page PDF document with a list of links to the issues of The Madison Mirror in chronological order. This means you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. Most people do, but if you don't have it, you'll have to install it. Use this link to Adobe for a free download (and uncheck the box for the free eBay Desktop before you start to save space on your hard drive).
(3) BE VERY CAREFUL: Many of the PDF files for individual issues of The Madison Mirror are HUGE. I've found some that are 12 MG. If you're still using a dial-up connect, you probably don't want to try to access any of these PDFs because it will take too long to open them. Even if you have a high-speed connection, you may find that you're unable to open some issues because of the size. Trying to do so may tie up your browser. Note: It's not just me (and I have DSL). Some other alumni have also been trying to open issues of particular interest to them and reported to me that they couldn't.