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Married February 2, 1974
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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 doctorate. 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. Joy! Louie/Lutibelle
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