Joe Drozda and Bob Bley are writing the third edition of The Tailgater’s Handbook which will be published in 2014. Drozda is considered the “Father of American Tailgating” by many including The Wall Street Journal. Drozda and Bley both grew up in NW Indiana and attended Indiana University together.
It’s often said that birds of a feather flock together. This statement, credited to William Turner, a 16th century English naturalist, has become more than a mere observation and if redefined for tailgaters, means that people are more comfortable tailgating with others of similar socio-economic characteristics. Just look at a typical college stadium parking lot before a football game and you’ll see the natural groupings of tailgaters. Students will be obvious in certain areas, the alumni who donate to the school in other areas (typically separated by levels of contribution), and the general public, who also appear to seek out friends to park next to for the social event of tailgating.
All will work well for tailgaters if Turner’s proverb is understood and its wisdom followed. Some tailgaters like to sit together quietly, drink in hand, and converse about what’s happened since they last met. Some gourmands feel the necessity to prepare huge quantities of food to amaze guests, neighbors, and the inevitable onlookers wandering through the festivities. Some people are not happy unless they have huge, ear-pounding, speakers blasting out music that appeals to no one but themselves. The ironic thing is that each group creates its own ambiance and as long as they “flock together, no one ruffles a feather”.
Here’s a great recipe that will please all groups in the tailgate parking lot. It’s been submitted by Mary Ellen C. Van Buskirk, a Purdue graduate.