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"You Meet 'Em Wherever You Go!" (A Poem for my Adventure in "Up With People")

Updated on October 20, 2015

Up With People

Manly Poetry Man...like all folks that like to write...bases what he writes on...from his own experiences. And...(He) I would surely be amiss if I was never to write on this experience. Although it is hard to put a year of travels and amazing experiences down in anything less then an encyclopedia set...I try to make a go at it from my own personal experience...in the "Manly" Poem below:

Note: I couldn't resist using some of "Up With People's" own lines from songs when I travelled ...to complete this poem. (Some songs can be heard in "Up With People" Super Bowl XX video below from the show theme: "Beat of the Future".) The small sampling of words and titles I use below from these songs say much more about the group...than I ever could. And, if you just happen to know some of these lines from a show back then or from when you travelled...Well then...they will surely be able to take on some extra good memories...and meanings for you.

Let me see...what this poem needs is the perfect Intro. Maybe, I can remember enough about how we use to start things for the show...to get this started in "Up With People" style! Let me give it whirl...for ol' times sake:

"Wait...I think I see the Cast getting ready to start the show. Is everyone ready to get this one started?"


Up With People, Cast B 2010 On Tour

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Up With People UWP Super Bowl XX: Small Look at UWP's Past (And: Songs From Back When I Travelled)

"If More People...Were For People...All People Everywhere. There'd Be A lot Less People To Worry About...And A lot More People Who Care! Up, Up With People..."

Long History in Up With People Going Back to the '60's
Long History in Up With People Going Back to the '60's | Source
Travel Around the World
Travel Around the World
Travel With A Purpose, Perform For Thousands, and  Impact Communities
Travel With A Purpose, Perform For Thousands, and Impact Communities
Stay With Host Families Internationally Everywhere You Travel
Stay With Host Families Internationally Everywhere You Travel

" ♪, 2, 3, 4...Up, Up With People...♫ "


A new town on the horizon...is only a few bus tire rotations away...

And already...I'm ready to make the most...of this new destination's stay.

The Cast of "Up With People"...is going to bring a lot to town with their show...

(*) "Up, Up With People...You Meet 'Em Wherever You Go!"

An education in a classroom...with a highway running through it...

Can you give it your all every day...Better believe you can do it !

Places and the People we met...come back to my memory...quite of-ten...

We got off the bus in NYC...at the Waldorf Astoria...to sing for the U.N....

I remember when we performed in Norway...at Grieghallen...in Bergen...

I was able to walk beside John McEnroe...at WCT Dallas...after a win...

Climbed in a Private Jet headed to Alabama...just cuz' a local company was taking it for a spin...

And...All I want to know is...Where do I sign-up...to do it all over again?


Talked with locals while walking European Streets...about News topics of the day...

Asked Astronaut Gene Cernan about...When Future Space Missions would get underway !

Talked with Sick Folks in Hospitals...Felons in Prison...and then went to set-up the Stage...

There are lessons I've learned about this world...that I will keep...'til a very old age.

Netherlands, Norway, NYC, D.C, Omaha, Dallas, and Miami...

Towns and People of all kinds...Seeing sights in every ci-ty.

From the Southwest Desert in the U.S....on out to a Norwegian Fjord...

Get ready to load the bus for the next town...It's time for everyone to get on board !

To bridge together many cultures with a (**) "Song of Peace" where there is (***) "Room for Everyone"...

(****) "Poundin' Like A Heart Beat"...The Sound of Tomorrow Ringing in our Ears"...has only just begun !


Going Across the Globe and Staying in Each Community...

Seeing things from other's point of view...And seeing things...as they see.

What do you know of your World...How far away have you been ?

Who'd you stay with today...Who far away once...Has now become your friend ?

I have thrown my carry-on bag over my shoulder...and ran to catch a foreign train...

To work in another country...in another language and culture...too wonderful to fully explain.

Everyone should know this feeling...Everyone should see the World where People reside...

Humbly...I tell you this...Although I look on my travel's with "Up With People"...with pride.

Making our own Highlights...and Memories that will last for all time...for Everyone...

I never saw one person who wasn't smilin'...while looking in the audience...after each show was done.


I can't put all of "Up With People" into exact words...I've done other things in my life...that also I love...

But my time in "Up With People"...just can't hold up to those things...It stands so very far above.

An idea to share a Song to the World...talk to a new friend...or just share a smile...

"Up With People" has been doing it for a real long time...and doing it with great style !

At the Tours end...On the last rockin' drumbeat...of our last show's final encore...

We were still there singing and dancin' towards the rafters...All 100 Cast members...or more.

It was not time for us to stop performing together...for our Cast...the time had gone too fast...

Still we sang down to the last note...And final swing clap...For it wasn't us...But the moment ...Which didn't last!

And somewhere in a distant city...You can bet...(*****) "We'll Be There...And....We'll Be Singing One More Song"...

So, throw your carry-on bag on the bus and let's go...(******) "Come Along, Everybody...Everybody, Come Along!"

Few Photos From Our Travels: Up With People, Cast D, 1986-87

Above: Cast D 1986-87 Photo: Up With People
Above: Cast D 1986-87 Photo: Up With People | Source
First Stop: Visiting Tombstone, Arizona
First Stop: Visiting Tombstone, Arizona
 Up With People, Cast D,  in Washington DC, Sept. 1986
Up With People, Cast D, in Washington DC, Sept. 1986
Having Fun While Loading Up Tons of Stage Equipment; Honefoss, Norway
Having Fun While Loading Up Tons of Stage Equipment; Honefoss, Norway
Taking a Break While On The Road Between Destinations (On The Road Again)
Taking a Break While On The Road Between Destinations (On The Road Again)
Singing Danish Song During International Portion of "Beat Of The Future" Show
Singing Danish Song During International Portion of "Beat Of The Future" Show
Studying A Power Generator On A Cold Norwegian Morning. Every town that we visited, no matter the size, we saw things that were important to that community..
Studying A Power Generator On A Cold Norwegian Morning. Every town that we visited, no matter the size, we saw things that were important to that community..
Never A Dull Minute...Even While On The Bus!
Never A Dull Minute...Even While On The Bus!
The "Ever Popular" Cast Meal Together..."Food?"
The "Ever Popular" Cast Meal Together..."Food?"
Cast Skit During a Cast Meeting Honoring our Bus Drivers: "Looks like we got us a Convoy!" (Somewhere in Alabama...Before Host Pick up)
Cast Skit During a Cast Meeting Honoring our Bus Drivers: "Looks like we got us a Convoy!" (Somewhere in Alabama...Before Host Pick up)

Button from Show for Cast D, 1986-87

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Footnotes:

"Up With People" :

Started in 1965 during a turbulent period in the United States, Up with People was founded by J. Blanton Belk as a positive voice for young people. Its historic path officially began in 1968 when it was incorporated as an international, educational non-profit entity.

(*) "Up With People" song: Words and Music by P. Colwell and R. Colwell; Copyright © 1965 by Up With People

(**) Reference made to the song: "Can We Sing A Song Of Peace?": Words by Paul Colwell and Ken Ashby; Music by Ken Ashby; Arranger: M. Carledge; Copyright © 1981 by Up With People

(***) "Room For Everyone": Composed by: Ken Ashby, Tom Sullivan, Pat Murphy, Paul Colwell, Ralph Colwell, Herbert E. Allen; Copyright © 1984 by Up With People

(****) Line used in the song: "Beat Of The Future": Composers: Ken Ashby and Tim Renwick; Lyricists: Ken Ashby and Tim Renwick; Arranger: M. Carledge; Copyright © 1985 by Up With People

(*****) First Chorus line to: "We'll Be There": Words by Paul and Ralph Colwell; Music by Stuart Leathwood and Gary Sulsh; Additional Lyrics by E. Lentz and M. Bowerman; Copyright © 1985; Up With People

(******) "Raise A' Ruckus" Song used in "The Beat Of The Future"...which represented the U.S.A. during the international portion of the show. Started with a big cheer out to the audience: "Come Along, Everybody... Everybody, Come Along!" Song version comparative: "Raise A Ruckus"; Lyrics adapted by Johnny Mercer; How The West Was Won Soundtrack; 1962

Up with People - Cast A 2007 - Gothenburg Documentary: How UWP Looks In Present Day

If I had to share the world with you...If I could find the right words to put into a song...if I had to go far away just to visit you...then I would only say three words to you: "Up With People!"

Signed, Manly Poetry Man

Copyright © 2010 All Rights Reserved for this poem about "Up With People!"

Dedicated to Everyone in and involved with Cast D 1986-87...J. Blanton Belk, And to all the original "Uppies" that composed, sang, and danced to give the world "Up With People"...right on up to those "Uppies" that are out on the road today...singing and dancing (and talking) to the World!

"Come Along, Everybody...Everybody, Come Along!"

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"Up With People" ... You Rock!

An Up With People Cast Member;  From Photos of Cast B 2010 On Tour
An Up With People Cast Member; From Photos of Cast B 2010 On Tour

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