We got an email from an excited Richard Holstad the other day including a couple of photos of himself modeling his new(est) letter jacket. You will recall that his friend Larry Patterson went to the NKHS AD to solicit a letter to replace the one lost years ago, and then Richard stopped at Decker's in Mason City when he was in town for the Buddy Holly Reunion.
This is the man himself, at ease on his living room co
uch, all pleased with the coat. "It looks and smells just like the original," he says, "and yes, the sleeves are leather and they have a leathery smell.
He also included this photo of himself taken at home by the movie screen that was set up for the 9-11-11 reunion in Northwood. "The picture on the screen is downtown Northwood in the 50's. It was hard to get a good picture of the screen and me in the darkened room." And here it is nonetheless.
We have told Richard you can take the boy out of Northwood but you can't take Northwood out of the boy. To which he says, "Amen!"
The scene at left is duplicated elsewhere in this blog. We mentioned earlier that there was a red light on the wall at Gildner's, at the right of this picture, that was the "alarm" for Mel Horgan that something mischievous was happening in town. We're not sure that the light didn't go up after the class of '62 left town.