How many of you still have your letterman jacket from high school and/or college? I asked this question the other day and a lot of the responses consisted of "I still have it" or "I think I still have it" or the dreaded, "I never got one". I fall into the last category. I lettered four years in band and two years in tennis, and one year in softball, but I'd rather not discuss it. So why do I not have a jacket? There's a short version and a long version.

BAND JACKET DREAMS DASHED

The short version? I just never got around to ordering one. The long version? In my junior year of marching band, we had a really cool idea and a design for a drum line jacket. Our show that year was the music of the Disney movie Fantasia. We knew for sure we wanted to incorporate the big, scary demon in the "Night on Bald Mountain" number at the end of the movie.

It became a running joke that we never ordered any, so much so that when a fellow senior drumline member signed my yearbook, she added "remember all the times *Loni* asked if we were going to order drumline jackets". Loni's name has been changed for this post.

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WHO IS CHRISSY?

I was scrolling on FB a few weeks ago when I came upon a post from the Ohio County, Kentucky History page from a girl in Louisville who found an OCHS letterman jacket at a peddler's mall.

Ohio County, Kentucky History/Tammy Haight/Facebook
Ohio County, Kentucky History/Tammy Haight/Facebook
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I remember you could order one of three styles for your letterman jacket. The long jacket, which looked more like a coat, the baseball one, which had leather sleeves, and this one, which girls, cheerleaders tended to order because of its prominent sailor collar. You can personalize your jacket as much as you want and although this one has minimal features, it has the first name on the front.

Ohio County, Kentucky History/Tammy Haight/Facebook
Ohio County, Kentucky History/Tammy Haight/Facebook
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So far, the sleuths have determined the owner probably lives in Louisville but Chrissy is a name you don't hear that often, as in I would think of it more as a nickname. And I think it's been determined this is someone who graduated in the last 15 or so years, aka way after my time.

What I don't understand is why someone would get rid of or sell his or her personalized jacket? I mean yeah, it may not fit anymore, but it's something you can look to, like a yearbook, or look at old pictures. I didn't get a jacket, so that's why I'm puzzled. At the end of the day, this jacket will mean something to someone.

 

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