John "Freshman/Tripod" Tubergen

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John "Freshman/Tripod" Tubergen joined the Ship of Fools in March 2005. Along with John came engineering colleague Ryan "T-Rex" Garwood. The two were inducted into the SoF at the same time. John is known for his near-encyclopedic knowledge of obscure and technical topics.

First Show

John's first show was the Relay for Life show on April 10, 2005.

Officer Positions

At the end of Spring 2006, following the graduation of his Captain and President Paul "CMG" Kuliniewicz, John was elected to be the Treasurer of the next year.

Paul was also Webmaster since John joined the Ship of Fools. When he retired, he searched for a replacement. John became Co-Webmaster with Ryan Garwood (for a few months) because he he sort of knew things about computers.


When John was inducted T. Rex was readily supplied with a name while John was not. Due to Benji's enjoyment of Scrubs he started calling John "Freshman" much the way Dr. Cox calls J.D. "Newbie". The name stuck for quite sometime. Freshman especially enjoyed it because the nickname was abbreviated to "Fr" which is the abbreviation for francium on the periodic table of elements.

The second nickname, Tripod (See:Thundercock), resulted from an outing to Steak 'n' Shake, and refers to his enormous penis. Freshman experienced a liminal period where he would be addressed by Freshman or Tripod. He is now most often addressed by Tripod.

Yellow Shirts

Easily recognizable in winter by his yellow coat, John once wore yellow shirts to several improv meetings in a row, merely because that's what came out of the closet rotation at the time. However, this random occurrence escalated once it was noticed, and John sometimes specifically picks out yellow to wear to improv practice to continue the pattern. Once when he was one of the three eligible bachelors for Dating Game his quirk was someone who wears yellow, which was fitting for at the time John was wearing a yellow t-shirt under a yellow sweatshirt. To this was added an audience member's yellow sweatshirt and John's yellow coat. It is surprising that John's association with wearing the color yellow has not yet resulted in a nickname (that he knows of). Yellow is not even his favorite color.


Recipient of the Golden d20 (2006, 2007).

Is terrified of Gay Chicken and Playboy Magazine.

Improv Strengths and Weaknesses

Favorite games:

Strengths: geek culture knowledge, geek music knowledge, videogames

Weaknesses: pop culture knowledge, pop music knowledge, protactinium-231

Personal Life

John is a Nuclear Engineer at Purdue University. He lives with Captain Ryan Garwood, making this the second SoF administration that lives in the same household. Frequently known to play Dungeons and Dragons and World of Warcraft. From Angola, IN and has a beauty-pageant winning sister.

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