A little background for those who have never played in the sand especially in a competitive manner. About 20 years ago, the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects began a contest on Galveston Beach, in an attempt to gain awareness of the architectural profession, as well as promote friendly inter-firm rivalry. In 1995, The Design Office of Steve Neumann & Friends entered a small team of virgin castle builders, only to find out that playing with the "Big Boys" was something we were not prepared to do.
With time, SN&F began to master the trade, and won a few little "things". A "Best Sign" here, a good costume, there. For 10 years, a sandcastle done with "Alfred" has been the theme of the SN&F team, something that the crowd looked forward to. [Note: The"Alfred" theme was in memory of Steve Neumann's father, Chancellor Alfred R. Neumann, who was a staunch supporter/reader/collector and overall good sport in commemorating Mad Magazine's "What Me Worry" campaign, lead by Alfred E. Neuman.]
The Golden Bucket was the ultimate trophy of the annual event.
1997 “What me worry” Bronze Shovel (3rd place).
1998 “The Full Alfred” That’s Entertainment, Best Costume,
and Best Team Signage.
1999 “Absolut Alfred” Best Team Signage.
2004 “Castle Count Alfred” The Golden Bucket (1st place).
2005 “Alfred’s Guide to Sandcastle Building” Silver Shovel (2nd place),
Best Traditional Sandcastle.
2006 “Alfred Says Sayonara” The Golden Bucket (1st place), Best Signage
& Legends of Sandcastle (Best among past 20 years winners as well as
87 other teams).
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