A Weight Off My Mind

Remember this picture of Wiess College personages from a few weeks ago?

Wiess personages nd maybe early 80s

Well, I’ve studied it every day since then, trying to figure out what was rolling around in my head that made it seem so familiar. When I looked at it this morning it finally came to me. It was Dr. Hellum’s plaid suit that I’d seen before:

JD Hellums plaid suit

This is of absolutely no importance, of course, but I feel much better.

Bonus: Oh, what the heck. Here he is again, this time in a picture dated 1983. He really looks like an engineer, doesn’t he? I mean that as a compliment, by the way.

JD Hellums 1983 watch chain

Extra Bonus:

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11 Responses to A Weight Off My Mind

  1. marmer01 says:

    The good Dr. Hellums hasn’t seem to have heard that there is no such thing as a short sleeve dress shirt. Interesting, his pants seem much lighter in color in the Weiss pic, but I do think the likelihood of his having two suits of a similar pattern in different colors is vanishingly small.

  2. marmer01 says:

    Wiess, sorry. I always do that. I guess it comes from living at Hanszen for four years.

  3. George Webb '88, '91 says:

    Dr Hellums is a good man, and he and Marilyn are good people. Team Wiess!

  4. Buddy Chuoke '75 says:

    As a Weiss man from 1971-1975, these faces look very familiar. But there is one question that I would surely like answered that this picture brings to mind: can anyone explain to me the mystery surrounding the unusual death of Dr. Parish?

  5. It is very much the same suit. Even has the same wide belt loops. That was a stylish accent at the time.

    • marmer01 says:

      Oh, I am sure that it is the same design, same brand, and maybe even the same kind of material. But I think based solely on the two pictures that there is a small possibility that they are two different pairs of pants, as the second picture looks like a darker fabric.

  6. Francis Eugene "Gene" PRATT, Institute Class of '56 says:

    Melissa,
    I awakened — to your chagrin — to the fact that when I last changed my e-address, I did NOT update here.
    So I am back.
    I wish to comment on what I remember from reading about tartans, kilts, plaids, etc., some years ago.
    A ‘tartan’ is a pattern that is EXACTLY the same horizontally and vertically. His suit is NOT a ‘tartan’.
    The word ‘plaid’ is used for a ‘tartan’ pattern, but that was NOT the original meaning. Rather it referred to the scarf used by the Scots. (I NEVER write the adjective for the Scots anymore, as I have been taken to task over the correct spelling for the beverage — if any of you know what that is — and the adjective.
    Merry Christmas to you all.

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