Anglican pages
software for writers

Queer Eye for the Lectionary

current calendar

Louie Crew
377 S. Harrison Street, 12D
East Orange, NJ 07018

Phone: 973-395-1068 h



LGBT Christian
General Links

Louie & Ernest Clay-Crew
Married February 2, 1974


Louie Crew's Natter [BLOG]

Louie Crew's Natter [BLOG]

[Date Prev][Date Next][Date Index]

Re: [LS] Academic Regalia: Rose meets Brown in church.

Upon graduation, rather than rent one year after year, I borrowed the robe
of a friend about my size, used old newspapers to cut out a pattern, and for
about $20 in fabric made a gown in basic black with blue velvet stripes and
lining.   It has served me well for the 39 years since I earned my first

At one point I made a black cape with lavender lining to wear over it while
riding to commencement on my BSA.   There is still a small splash of
motorcycle grease on the bottom hem of the gown.   I also made my own beret
out of blue velvet.

One bystander in tiny Fort Valley, Georgia, was once overheard saying:
"Great God almighty, it looks like Benjamin Franklin!"

In the early 1980s I threatened to add to the pageantry by making another
gown in complete lavender, but I was too tight to invest another $20
adjusted for inflation.

Clergy, judges, and academics all sport medieval wear at least on special
occasions, but beware of minds stuck in the dark ages.

Before I ever had such haberdashery, a few of us gays on the faculty of the
University of Alabama  in the 1960s rode our motorcycles to tiny Reform,
Alabama (current population ca. 2,000; in Pickens County), circled the city
square seven times, with much revving, and stopped at the soda fountain of a
pharmacy, and said in unison, "We'd like dishes of tutti-frutti ice cream,
please."    We had been inspired by one of Brando's films.



Please sign my guestbook and view it.

My site has been accessed times since February 14, 1996.

Statistics courtesy of WebCounter.