I-L-L! Tie-N-I!

This is my first post that I have written out of order. Oh, I’ve been late a few times, but I forgot that, on Wednesday, I changed my tie after work. Strange but true.

See, I was going to meet some college friends. No, not friends who are now in college, but guys I went to University of Illinois with. We are all Pikes (the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity) together. The Illini were playing Missouri in basketball, and we wanted to get together and watch on a large screen TV and have beers brought to us. Luckily, there are about 3,000 places in the greater Chicago area that can accommodate our wishes.


So, for John, Chuck, Erick and Jerry, I broke out my special U of I tie. It was given to me by Robert “Pops” Hartz, Diane’s grandfather, who passed away about 10 years ago. He lived in Champaign, worked for the university, and was an absolutely great man. I’m glad I was able to put him and his tie on here.

In this picture, he’s not wearing a tie. It’s ironic, because I only saw him a couple of times without one. But, whoa, with that bomber’s jacket (he was a Navy pilot after a short stint as a  barnstormer) and Culver sweater, he’s more stylish than I could ever be.

Thanks for reading…Brooke


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