A Shirt Tale (Don Ward)

By: Don Ward
By: Don Ward

Maybe I've hung on to this one too long.


Have you heard anyone use that line about someone considerably younger? Sometimes in the TV business (or any business I suppose) we work with people who are many years our junior, many, many years.....

This isn't a story about socks...it's about a shirt.  We all may have some souvenir shirt from a concert or some other event that we've saved over the years.  I have a couple of "intramural (insert sport here) champion" shirts from the old fraternity days at CU that are still around somewhere. I don't ever wear any of them though.

This weekend, on Saturday, I wore this blue shirt.  Not for any particular reason.  It's comfortable.  When the weather is warm enough it's in the regular rotation of shirts I pull out of the closet. 

Also this weekend I happened to be looking at some old photos.  I was talking to some school kids in the the one below. The blackboard in the background says it was Tuesday, May 30th.  I remember this scene. I was talking to kids in O'Fallon, Illinois, where I went to grade school for a few years.  I was in the classroom of my old 2nd grade teacher.  This was just as I was finishing up the course at a broadcasting school in St. Louis....so I know this picture was taken in 1989....1989!

Yes...it's the same shirt.  That blue shirt has been in the regular rotation for 21 years! That's a year shy of half my life!  I had no idea until I thought about it.  It's in the laundry now, I might wear it next week!  And I really do work with a few people to whom I can say...I've got a shirt older than you!   No socks though.

We'll talk again soon.

Don Ward


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