Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Who Killed Men's Hats? Think Of A Three Letter Word Beginning With 'I'
NPR ^ | Robert Krulwich

Posted on 05/06/2012 3:44:19 AM PDT by Daffynition

click here to read article


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-100101-120 next last
To: Houghton M.

Ha Ha! You got THAT right!


51 posted on 05/06/2012 6:16:22 AM PDT by left that other site
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: Safetgiver
One of the greatest, until they started bringing on all these other characters and trying to develope a storyline outside of the spoof ...

Mystery Science Theater 3000 ... MST3000.

52 posted on 05/06/2012 6:16:49 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 46 | View Replies]

To: andy58-in-nh

THANK YOU, thank you, thank you. I will see if it is on the intra webby thing and pee my pants all day!


53 posted on 05/06/2012 6:18:28 AM PDT by Safetgiver (The predator class is upset because they are being shot.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]

To: Larry Lucido

O’Rourke you are an a$$!

I’m walking quite often in all kinds of good and bad weather. My hat of choice is a traditional western hat, natural fur or treated to resist rain and snow.

The wide brim also blocks the sun from my eyes and gives some shade.

Indoors the brim redirects that dang overhead air conditioning that never turns off. It’s relief from opresdive overhead lighting as well.

It’s not a matter of style O’Rourke you boob. It’s a matter of form following function.


54 posted on 05/06/2012 6:21:54 AM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Daffynition

What amazes me more is that all men wore suits at all times. I hate wearing suits, because they’re expensive, uncomfortable, and restricting. And what the hell is a tie?!


55 posted on 05/06/2012 6:26:12 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Wingy
I recall the dividing line being right around 1965. Prior to that year, most men still wore hats in public. By 1966, most did not. A review of old TV programs and crowd shots from sporting events will confirm this.

Jack Kennedy certainly helped advance the trend, but I think it was a part of a broader cultural phenomenon informed by intellectual alienation and radical egalitarianism beginning in the early '60s, in which "youth" was revered over old age (and wisdom).

It was greatly hastened by the folk music movement, the Beatles' arrival in America and by the rapid rise of the same dope-smoking lefty Peace Creeps who now (having become old people themselves, but absent any acquired wisdom) run the government and the schools, and also dominate the entertainment industry.

56 posted on 05/06/2012 6:33:54 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Daffynition
Obama likes his hat.. ASS HAT
57 posted on 05/06/2012 6:36:16 AM PDT by baddog 219
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Safetgiver
THANK YOU, thank you, thank you. I will see if it is on the intra webby thing and pee my pants all day!

You're welcome. Click on the link i provided you to get started. You may want to wear rubber shorts. ;-)

58 posted on 05/06/2012 6:36:26 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 53 | View Replies]

To: Wingy

Exactly. JFK represented the new cool back then.


59 posted on 05/06/2012 6:40:24 AM PDT by EDINVA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Daffynition

At the end of the article, the author says his father wanted to blame “someone” (for the loss of business).

In reality his father wanted to blame a REPUBLICAN. So had to come up with contrived and convoluted rationalizations to preserve the status (in his own eyes) of St. Jack the Great.


60 posted on 05/06/2012 6:41:08 AM PDT by tanknetter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Candor7
The third word is organize.

To play off John Lennon, Imagine if all the time, effort, treasure and labor put into the various socialist movements were actually used in work to create wealth. There'd be no poverty, crime would be down and society would be more peaceful, harmonious and decent.

Sozi's, it's called "opportunity cost".

I'll go to the orginal site and see what the other signs say. And notice how well dressed the men are?

61 posted on 05/06/2012 6:52:01 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (.Are they stupid, malicious or evil?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: kitkat
I thought it was kennedy who changed things as the first president to go out in public without a hat
You're right

I've heard that story too, but I just searched and the only pictures I googled of Ike that had a hat were from the military or playing golf.

62 posted on 05/06/2012 6:54:50 AM PDT by sharkhawk (Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Candor7

It looks like the third word on that sign is OBLITERATE.

Educate

Agitate

Obliterate

Yep, that’s an Alinsky rally!! (still going on today)


63 posted on 05/06/2012 6:57:12 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (The Road to Ruin is Always Kept in Good Repair)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Candor7
Someone with better eyes than mine and perhaps contrast control will be able to read all the signs. Here's what I could read from the professionally printed signs:

1. The workers fight the wars ---- Bosses reap the profits"

2. One Big Union

3. 40 Militiamen [could not read the rest]

64 posted on 05/06/2012 7:00:46 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (.Are they stupid, malicious or evil?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Daffynition

To me any man with a hat is suspect of being a criminal!

No one but some liberal from the east would ever wear a hat!


65 posted on 05/06/2012 7:04:04 AM PDT by dalereed
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Vision

There has always been and always will be idiots who don’t want to grow up and take responsibility for their lives, who will think of the government as mommy and daddy who must support them financially and emotionally. And if they don’t get their way they stamp their feet and scream and cry like little babies “Waahh agitate! Waaah! Anarchy!” That’s my theory why a lot of these twerps are trust fund kids who come from rich families, they never had to grow up because everything was always done for them, and when they sudddenly find themselves as adults they turn to the government as the new mommy and daddy “Waaaaah! I’m not happy...Why isn’t everyone rich like me? I feel guilty and it’s all YOUR fault! Waaaaaah!”


66 posted on 05/06/2012 7:05:52 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Some day our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Daffynition
Here's another photo of the same MAY DAY 1912 demonstation.

For the Sozi's concerned about peace, there seems to be implicit violence in the signs. One appears to have something like "put to the Sword" and another says "let the fight begin in earnest". I guess as long as no profits are involved, violence is ok.

67 posted on 05/06/2012 7:09:23 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (.Are they stupid, malicious or evil?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Daffynition

I have collected many hats over the years, from an engineer’s cap to the high dome wide flat brim hat worn by some “chiefs” in old westerns. Even have an original Indiana Jones hat. My favorites are my dad’s everyday hat and my mom’s dress hat.

The hat, IMHO, gives each of us an impression of its wearer, especially ladies hats, for the ones that wear them, now, do stand out from those around them, and they are delightful.


68 posted on 05/06/2012 7:10:45 AM PDT by wizr (Keep the Faith!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: dalereed
To me any man with a hat is suspect of being a criminal!

No one but some liberal from the east would ever wear a hat!


Which one is the criminal?


69 posted on 05/06/2012 7:11:28 AM PDT by aruanan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 65 | View Replies]

To: Daffynition

Deformalization of the dress code killed hats. Fedoras and such look great with suits, but they look stupid without them. Worse for the hats’ fate is that suits like fine without hats. So in a day and age when most folks don’t wear suits (last time I did was to be best man about 5 years ago) there’s just plain no reason for hats. I will admit society looked nice back then. By the same token I refuse to put a noose around my neck everyday, so don’t expect my help bringing formal everyday wear back, button down shirts is as much formality as you’re getting out of me.


70 posted on 05/06/2012 7:12:19 AM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Daffynition

Cowboys still wear hats. My cowboy has a whole collection of them.


71 posted on 05/06/2012 7:13:09 AM PDT by Ditter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Daffynition

It was JFK. The guy was actually an incompetent jerk, but the media made him into a fashion model.

Eisenhower and the Interstate highway system? Nonsense. It’s a bad joke. People drove to work before that, and most commuters get to work without driving much on the Interstate.

Car roofs got lower after men ditched their hats.


72 posted on 05/06/2012 7:14:07 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
And what the hell is a tie?!

A noose for the soul.

73 posted on 05/06/2012 7:16:00 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (When we cease to be good we'll cease to be great. So vote for Goode.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 55 | View Replies]

To: discostu
There is no *style* today...casual is the rule....even at funerals, weddings and church services.

Case in point, my son flew to a job interview and met with company CEO, CFO, execs wearing his best suit and shoes/sans hat. He said, early in the interview they told him they hope he didn't *always dress like that.* :)


74 posted on 05/06/2012 7:23:44 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 70 | View Replies]

To: Cicero
I'll bet Jackie insisted he wear a top hat. ;)


75 posted on 05/06/2012 7:25:57 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 72 | View Replies]

To: Cicero
the Interstate highway system?

Was more about being able to shuffle troops and heavy equipment around the CONUS quickly and efficiently - think pre C5A's - without being dependent on rail which could be bombed. Ike also saw how Hitler had been able to lower unemployment and create an economic demand for the passenger car with his Autobahn which in turn created an economic halo effect.

76 posted on 05/06/2012 7:27:28 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (When we cease to be good we'll cease to be great. So vote for Goode.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 72 | View Replies]

To: Ditter

77 posted on 05/06/2012 7:27:41 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 71 | View Replies]

To: Jabba the Nutt

THX for the image. [of 100 years ago]


78 posted on 05/06/2012 7:29:38 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 67 | View Replies]

To: Daffynition

I loved that cowboy too. Thanks for the picture!


79 posted on 05/06/2012 7:30:16 AM PDT by Ditter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 77 | View Replies]

To: baddog 219
HAHAHA!


80 posted on 05/06/2012 7:31:32 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 57 | View Replies]

To: Sirius Lee

-— A noose for the soul.-—

You speak true.


81 posted on 05/06/2012 7:32:20 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 73 | View Replies]

To: Daffynition

Actually, JFK killed men’s fedoras as fashion accessories.


82 posted on 05/06/2012 7:39:50 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GrandJediMasterYoda
My God, the same leftist crap still goes on in that park to this day.

Er....have you noticed the name of that "park"?

83 posted on 05/06/2012 8:10:00 AM PDT by Roccus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: carriage_hill

I wear hats that go with my suit. Always.

A dress hat (not cap) adds a little class.

http://www.thefedorastore.com/Scala-Hats-s/12164.htm?gclid=CL2k2434668CFTSytgod2GoR2A


84 posted on 05/06/2012 8:11:23 AM PDT by Hulka
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: Daffynition

SOMEONE KILLED MEN WITHOUT HATS??!?

I love that band.


85 posted on 05/06/2012 8:11:33 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: aruanan

I love that pic. It looks like Father Merrin of the Exorcist meeting the demon.


86 posted on 05/06/2012 8:12:41 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Some day our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 69 | View Replies]

To: Daffynition

People who go without hats have never worked out in a bean field or cattle farm all day long. Where I have lived, going without a hat will get you your brain baked.


87 posted on 05/06/2012 8:13:56 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Daffynition

Well, first of all you can’t drive a car or truck with a hat on anymore! The roofs of cars came down for aerodynamics and the hats stayed home. No more head room.


88 posted on 05/06/2012 8:16:08 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kitkat; hoosierboy
>>>I thought it was kennedy who changed things as the first president to go out in public without a hat?>>>

You’re right.

You are both wrong. It is a nice myth but I grew up in the 1950s and hats were already dying out even then. All the men in the movies wore suits and hats but real life men didn't. Some men wore hats but most of them didn't wear a hat as an item of dress apparel. Kennedy may have helped finish the hat off but it was already going away by the time he was elected.

89 posted on 05/06/2012 8:55:04 AM PDT by calex59
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Past Your Eyes

More men wear baseball caps these days. Not for dressy occasions, but for most casual events, and especially outdoor events.


90 posted on 05/06/2012 8:55:13 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Daffynition

I should add: My husband has an Irish tweed hat that he likes to wear in the winter. Fedora style.

We have a very nice furnace contractor — an Austrian man — who came by to discuss our need for 2 new furnaces and an air conditioner a few years ago. He’d sold us these appliances and had already installed them and was discussing the outcome of the contract when we were writing him his final check. He came in on a Sat. morning and sat down at our breakfast table and talked with us for more than an hour.

After Hans left, we realized that he’d sat on my husband’s Irish hat the whole time, squashing it flat. But, we popped it open with a fist and straightened it out, and my husband still wears it. It’s a little crooked, but only we notice that. We got a good laugh out of it.


91 posted on 05/06/2012 9:00:33 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Daffynition

I should add: My husband has an Irish tweed hat that he likes to wear in the winter. Fedora style.

We have a very nice furnace contractor — an Austrian man — who came by to discuss our need for 2 new furnaces and an air conditioner a few years ago. He’d sold us these appliances and had already installed them and was discussing the outcome of the contract when we were writing him his final check. He came in on a Sat. morning and sat down at our breakfast table and talked with us for more than an hour.

After Hans left, we realized that he’d sat on my husband’s Irish hat the whole time, squashing it flat. But, we popped it open with a fist and straightened it out, and my husband still wears it. It’s a little crooked, but only we notice that. We got a good laugh out of it.


92 posted on 05/06/2012 9:00:33 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: driftless2
Playing golf allows you to wear all sorts of weird clothes you normally wouldn't wear.

There is a "golf joke" (I love golf jokes):

Q: Why did God invent golf?

A: So old white men can dress like pimps.


93 posted on 05/06/2012 9:05:45 AM PDT by Peet (Cogito ergo dubito.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: dalereed
Hats are cool. That's why pimps wear them


94 posted on 05/06/2012 9:46:23 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel - Horace Walpole)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 65 | View Replies]

To: Daffynition

Well, I saw a small explosion of fine hatwear in North Berkeley yesterday, but it was Kentucky Derby Day and people were all decked out.


95 posted on 05/06/2012 9:54:36 AM PDT by thecodont
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: wally_bert

Oh yeah! ... But she was Steele back then.


96 posted on 05/06/2012 9:58:58 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: AlexW
When I was a Kid, all the Church's had hat clips on the back of the pews.

At the quiet part of the Mass, my brother and I would open and snap shut the few empty ones.

Sounded like a gun shot!

The Nun's would freak!

97 posted on 05/06/2012 10:22:03 AM PDT by jaz.357 (Newt is nuts!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: thecodont

98 posted on 05/06/2012 10:27:43 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 95 | View Replies]

To: afraidfortherepublic

99 posted on 05/06/2012 10:32:31 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 92 | View Replies]

To: Daffynition
Looks like the pic has one of the reasons: socialists like hats.

That said, I have always hated the feel of a hat on my head. Never wore one as a kid, got in trouble all the time in the Corps for forgetting to "cover". Still hate them now I am bald and need it for sun exposure.

100 posted on 05/06/2012 11:23:13 AM PDT by doorgunner69
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-100101-120 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson