Doc Abbick sent out
an all-points bulletin yesterday, e-mailing everyone (or nearly everyone) this message:
This brown oxford business is a mystery that we need to solve so we can move on with our lives. If you have any recollection of the seminal incident or, better still, if you have documentation, please, please contact Tom or myself.
In less than four hours, class valedictorian Dick Drey responded:
Look no farther! The reference goes back to the 1965 Trinity Prep Newsletter graduation edition. The first paragraph of the article regarding the Class of '65 written by the Class of '65 goes as follows:
"The Class of '65 assembled for the first time on a cold, windy day in the autumn of 1961. We appeared to be a very unlikely combination for success,
to say the least. We had all sorts of personalities floating around the school for the first few days. Some were fresh from the farm with their blue suits and brown oxfords; some were city-bred know-it-alls. In fact, there was any type of character you might expect to find, plus a few that you wouldn't."
There you have it; the "brown oxford" reference. Now sleep easy.
Sleep easy? That's easy for you to say if you're not obsessive the way I'm obsessive. If this is the passage I'm remembering, the question now becomes: who wrote it? Tim Schmaltz denies that he did. Doc Abbick thinks Tom Davis wrote it. Tom Davis hasn't weighed in yet.
In my memory, Doc Abbick still owns the "brown oxfords." Why would I so strongly connect them to him, if he weren't somehow responsible for them?
I'm not even sure this passage is the one I'm remembering, although "brown oxfords" certainly is a magical detail.
And I might have written that paragraph, or at least had something to do with it, for it has within it some of my trademark flaws as a writer, to say the least. Whoever wrote it, I'm sure we can cut him some slack; I mean, we were still in high school.
Isn't this fun?
Well, for me it is....