Jun 21, 2016


     It always strikes me as foolish when I am in Downtown Montgomery (or Birmingham or Mobile or any city in Alabama) and men are walking to a meeting or lunch wearing coat and, especially, a tie. Is there anything else we can do to increase the misery of the Summer heat?
     It used to be even worse.
     This will be a shock to millennials, but there was a time when a coat and tie was virtually required uniform for...

   Going anywhere on a plane.


   Going to college!

    Working in an  office...but you knew that from Madmen, right? 

 The dress up habit was hard to break, but it may have started about 1950 when a Gallup poll found a majority of men promoting a more casual style:

"In some parts of the United States, notably the South, shedding coats in restaurants on hot days is a custom of long standing. But in other areas, many a restaurant will request a male guest to get his coat before he can sit down to eat."

So here we are in the first week of the Summer of 2016! Time to put away the ties?

      I own a least a couple of hundred ties after more than 20 years on the tube (Radio was much more casual). Above is he "active|" tie rack from which I choose one for on-air each day.  Sometimes I take two in to ask Olivia or Elissia for their opinion.
     Ties drift off it and onto one of the closed tie racks, perhaps to rejoin the  flock later or not. Perhaps reTIErement, when it arrives, will allow me to winnow this down to a few dozen for select )NOT Summer) wear?
     Alabama News Network's Shane Butler predicts a high of 98 on Saturday high on Friday.
     Viewers who have come up to say hi at stores etc know I always wear my coat and tie. Right.


Jay Croft said...

Well, Tim, when I first met you at Publix you had a coat and tie. I don't remember what time of year it was, though.

Jay Croft said...

And then there's Nixon, strolling on a New Jersey beach: