In the spring of 1992 in 5th grade, I decided to make recess more interesting during our “free play” days outside on the playground by inventing a secret society. I would recruit 1 to 4 of my friends to take the Nickbob Ability Test during each P.E. class. It was a combination of physical skill, physical agility, and artistic effort:
Physical Skill: With hula hoops laid out flat strategically on the asphalt, the recruits had to throw rocks from a certain distance and land them in the hula hoops. There were five levels of difficulty they had to complete to make it to the Physical Agility portion.
Physical Agility: Using my friend Michael Brooks’s stopwatch, I would time the recruits as they ran through the playground. They had to make it through the “obstacle course” within a minute and 45 seconds. Then they could finish the last portion of the Nickbob Ability Test, the Artistic Effort portion.
The Artistic Effort portion simply meant the recruits had to draw and color a picture of themselves and give it to me. I kept them as a collection of those who passed the Nickbob Ability Test.
All together there were about 30 of my classmates who participated. I know for a fact that the following people took and passed it: Brian Winkles, Amanda Duckett, Meg Guice, Susan Johnson, Alex Igou, Jenny McElroy, Michael Brooks, and Jonathan Grupp.
The few. The proud. The… Nickbob Ability Test Takers?…