I’ve Heard of Casual Friday But…
I rarely get into politics in this column but this isn’t really about politics. It’s about fashion.
There’s no longer going to be a dress code on the Senate floor. The new rule was prompted by Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman’s penchant for wearing shorts and a hoodie while at work.
I’ve never liked Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg wearing a hoodie all the time, but Fetterman makes Zuckerberg look like Cary Grant.
There are so many niceties going away these days, eaten away by people who don’t know or don’t care about traditions. Can we at least have men and women on the Senate floor wearing suits or dresses? If I can’t wear a tank top and sweatpants to a fancy restaurant, why should senators be able to wear them on the Senate floor?
As if people don’t dislike politicians enough.
How about they wear good clothes on the floor and they can dress more casually when working behind closed doors in their office? Is that a good compromise?
It’s not like we’re asking them to wear powdered wigs and corsets.
There are some who say that there are more important things to worry about in the world than what someone is wearing in the halls of government. But that’s a false choice. The people who represent us can wear nice clothes and chew gum at the same time.
Oh, you shouldn’t chew gum on the Senate floor either.
Update! By a unanimous vote, the rule has been reversed!
Two tickets from the night President Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theater have just sold for $262,500. The tickets say “Dress Circle!” on them and not the name of the play that was performed that night, Our American Cousin, have seat numbers written in pencil, and are clipped at the corner.
Do You Have $9.8 Million?
Then you can buy the painting created by Bob Ross on the first episode of his popular show The Joy of Painting. It’s up for sale. It’s signed by Ross and comes with a letter written by him as well as a certificate of authenticity.
The current owner of the painting was a volunteer at the Virginia PBS station where that first episode was filmed. He paid less than $100 at an auction.
Hattie’s Come Home
Hattie McDaniel was the first Black person to win an Oscar, for her performance in 1939’s Gone with the Wind, but the Oscar vanished in the 1960s. The Academy will present her family with a replacement award this Sunday during a ceremony at Howard University.
Something I Learned This Week
Last week I told you how cereal sales have dropped considerably in the past couple of years. Now I find out that Alpha-Bits was discontinued? In 2021?
I understand why companies get rid of some of their products, but this was one of the very few cereals that was not only delicious but educational! Try spelling dirty words with Cheerios, see how far you get.
RIP Dianne Feinstein, David McCallum, Michael Gambon, Brooks Robinson, Katherine Anderson, Terry Kirkman, Rose Gregorio, Marvin Newman, and Burkey Belser
Dianne Feinstein was the longest-serving female member of the Senate. She was the mayor of San Francisco from 1978 to 1988. She died Thursday at the age of 90.
David McCallum starred in the classic ’60s spy show The Man from U.N.C.L.E., NCIS, and the British shows Colditz and Sapphire & Steel. He died Monday at the age of 90.
Michael Gambon played Dumbledore in six Harry Potter movies (taking over after Richard Harris died). Before that he was an acclaimed award-winning stage actor. He also played the lead role on the detective series Maigret, was the lead in the miniseries The Singing Detective, and portrayed Lyndon Johnson in the TV movie Path to War. He died this week at the age of 82.
Brooks Robinson was a Hall of Fame third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles for 23 years. He died this week at the age of 86.
Rose Gregorio was nominated for a Tony for her work in The Shadow Box. She also appeared in films like The Swimmer, The Deep End of the Ocean, True Confessions, and The Eyes of Laura Mars, and she played Julianna Margulies mother on ER. She died last month at the age of 97.
Marvin Newman was an acclaimed photographer. He died earlier this month at the age of 95.
Burkey Belser was the graphic designer who created the nutrition facts label we see on packages. He died Monday at the age of 76.
This Week in History
Walter Lippmann Born (September 23, 1889)
Lippmann was the extremely influential journalist, media critic, and author who created the term “cold war” and the one who first used the word “stereotype” in the way we use it today.
Time Capsule Buried at World’s Fair (September 23, 1938)
It was buried by Westinghouse. It was the first of two time capsules they buried at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (the other being at the 1964-65 World’s Fair), and both are scheduled to be opened in the year 6939. The Post will have full coverage when that happens.
This Week in Saturday Evening Post History: Hart Schaffner & Marx (September 29, 1951)
Now that’s a sharp-looking suit.
October is National Cookie Month
I try not to repeat the same holidays every single year, but I make an exception for National Cookie Month.
And because it’s the Post I always include this recipe for Norman Rockwell’s Oatmeal Cookies.
Next Week’s Holidays and Events
Sarcastic Month Begins (October 1)
Oh, I bet this will be a great thing to celebrate.
Customer Service Week (October 2-6)
Celebrate by calling up a customer service rep at your favorite company!
“No, my computer is working fine, I just wanted to call you and tell you how much I appreciate you!”
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