WILL UNWOUND #177: “Yikes!” by Will ManleyJuly 19, 2010
Ever since I wrote that post about nightmare purchases, I’ve been thinking about my polyester lime green leisure suit… the one that in a moment of temporary insanity I bought in 1974.
Actually the temporary insanity was societal in nature. A lot of people, men and women, were wearing polyester leisure suits in the 70s. Some were yellow, some mauve, some even violet. Yes, everyone was doing it. There was even a big trend to bury people in them. I remember getting back from the formal viewing of a recently deceased library board member named Leo. “How did Leo look?” one of my co-workers asked. I’ve always thought those “how did he look?” questions were idiotic, and my answer would always be the same…”he looked dead.”
But in this case Leo looked pretty good. He’d just gotten back from Palm Springs and he looked tanned and rested. Of course the yellow polyester leisure suit really brightened up the coffin and blended nicely with all the surrounding floral arrangements. Come to think of it, just about everyone in that time period who was laid to rest in a leisure suit with a white belt and white shoes looked pretty sprightly for a dead person. Somehow it all worked, but that’s the only place where that look worked.
I’ve been thinking about my old lime green leisure suit because some of you simply won’t let me forget it. You have e-mailed me privately and asked me to send to you a photo of me in said suit. I love your sincerity: “I promise, Will, that I will delete the photo as soon as it arrives and will not share it with anyone.” It’s not that I don’t trust you, it’s just that I don’t trust you. And it wasn’t just the lime green leisure suit, it was the white shoes and white belt. Oh, and if you really have to know, the only time I’ve ever sported a mustache was during the time period when I was wearing that suit. It was a big bushy mustache that made me look like…oh forget about what it made me look like! No, no one is ever going to see that photo, so stop the e-mails. Thanks.
But in a random moment of whimsy I googled the words “lime green leisure suit” and here is what I found….YIKES! That obviously is not me but if you cut the hair 10 inches, painted the shoes white, and added a big bushy Gene Shalit type mustache, that would be me in 1974. The leisure suit is a dead ringer for the one I used to own.
Isn’t Google a miracle? In 1974 when I was wearing that leisure suit and working the reference desk I never dreamed that anything like Google would ever exist. Enjoy your Monday!
Unwinders, if you want to continue the fun in the comment section, please feel free to give a link to an internet photo or article that will make us laugh or go YIKES!
I will get you started with this guy with a cell phone that will allow him to drive legally in California while talking on the phone .