Monday, September 8, 2008

Ruby, thy name is plaid

Ruby Tuesday’s here again, the sky above is clear again…Okay, that’s old. As old as the 1970’s, the era of long hair, fat ties, wide lapels and the ubiquitous and quite loud PLAID.

The year is around 1975-1976. It is I, at college age with the person for whom I’m named, of course Grandpa Ralph from Steubenville.

But…what is with this dynamic duo of the Ohio River Valley? Those of a certain age remember that plaid was the style of a man in this decade. Grandpa liked to wear snappy plaid sport jackets purchased at the men’s shop at the corner of Market and Fourth Streets downtown. One day he surprised me with the RED plaid jacket. I tried it on, and it fit nicely. Even in college, sometimes it was nice to dress up in plaid. It was the style of the decade!

I have written about this bigger-than-life man and this nearly mythical steel-and-coal town here, here, and here. I am proud to wear his name. And the plaid he enjoyed!

Thanks Mary!

37 comments:

Leora said...

Is that you in the red plaid jacket? Did I get that right? Nice smile. You need a haircut.

I like how you use old family photos for Ruby Tuesday. My favorite photos are black 'n white, the real ancients...I suppose a little Photoshopping and I could add some red...

Ralph said...

Ah Leora, it is I in the red plaid! Please check out the links for some interesting old pics...

onangelwings said...

That picture although adorable actually hurts my eyes. Very sweet.

Mojo said...

Works especially well if you'[re going to OSU, no?

Man do I ever remember...

Felisol said...

Dear Ralph,
one can easily see how you felt attached to your grandpa, leaning against him, smiling safely.
The proud elderly man by your side looks both strong willed and kind.
I will come back and read more about hime.
From Felisol

Columbo said...

I live the shot of you in the RED plaid jacket. I never had one in college. Nice posting for Ruby Tuesday.

ellen b said...

Big Smile over here. Your ruby plaid jacket is fabulous!!

Paz said...

I like the jacket! Nice pic.

Paz

ettey said...

ur lookin' fabby in that red plaid! ^_~. i love looking at vintage photos ehehhe!!

napaboaniya said...

Definitely reminds me of the 1970s with all the plaids most men wear :P
Brings back memories :)

shutterhappyjenn said...

My dad used to have coats like that, too!

Mine's here.

Bobbie in Hawaii said...

That's quite the spiffy red plaid! Doesn't it make you wonder what you may be wearing now that someone in your family will photograph and display somewhere 30 years from now?? Food for thought for Ruby Tuesday. ;-}

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Tee hee. I have to say I am sooo GLAD plaid is not in fashion now. What WERE we thinking back then?

Linda said...

What a handsome pair of gentlemen!

I was watching TV yesterday and there was a piece about how plaid is making a comeback in the fashion industry this year so if you've still got that jacket - just think - you could be right back in style again in no time flat!

ilanadavita said...

Wow, they certainly don't make these red jackets any more. Thanks for sharing this bit of family history.

sweetnorms said...

you look handsome in that red plaid jacket and your grandpa looks cute too.. thanks for sharing..

Mar said...

Handsome duo and great plaid jackets, wonderful memories!!!

Ivanhoe said...

Oooh, you two look just adorable in your plaids. I think 76 was a wonderful year (that's when I was born ;o)

~Just Me~ said...

Lol...nice jacket, did you keep it? Cuz you know its going to come back again.

Lynn said...

In case you didn't know this, plaid is back!

Adi said...

Hi Ralph, I like your grandpa's red jacket, is it still around?
Jim has a jacket similar to the one Grandpa is wearing, but with lots of brown and shades of brown. Mrs. Jim won't let him wear it.
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Hi from Adi, and thanks for stopping by,
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Kay said...

Very nice photo... and very neat to use something old and meaningful on its own.

thanks for sharing!

Tink *~*~* said...

Hey what's wrong with plaid? I think the two of you look stunning! :p

Tink *~*~* <=== was a teenager in the 70s
My Mobile Adventures *~*~*

Queen-Size funny bone said...

oh my, glad those days are over. plaids were not my favorite.

Marilyn said...

What a fashionable duo. You look great. I wonder if we have any plaid jackets stored away in closets around here.

Askew To You said...

Great story about plaid and your Grandfather. :D You both look very handsome.

Becky and Gary said...

Thank goodness gone are those days of plaid and long hair. I remember it well. My Dad had a yellow and green plaid dress jacket and I was embarassed to be seen with him whenever he wore it. You know, those days could return like everything else. LOL

Carletta said...

Ralph, you have certainly made me smile! I was just getting out of college about then and this brings back so many memories of our wonderful fashion of the times.
I laughed at Leora's comment about you needing a haircut - most guys did then but I, um, loved that look! ;)
Clever post.

BTW: Thank you for your comments on my RRT post. You leave the best comments wherever you go.

Dianne said...

Grandpa was from the same town as Dean Martin!!

You look adorable, your hair matches your jacket lol

Ahhhhh the 70s!

me ann my camera said...

I used to spend my summers at Highland Games many years ago so of course I appreciate plaid.

Thank you for your comments on my blueberry fields. And about our growing season in NB, you might be surprised that our growing zone is list as 5b and,no, we're probably not as wintry as you might imagine.

Bond said...

Two handsome men....

(said in a manly way!)

Great photo...nice jacket...even then, I was not such a plaid guy...and my hair was much longer!

Linda said...

I remember those plain jackets. The 70's wasn't the best fashion era.

Kimmie said...

Thank You for the nice story and for sharing your Red Plaid Jacket with us! :-)

Blessings,
Kimmie

Ladynred said...

That's very nice Plaid Jacket!. Thanks for the visit.

Gattina said...

Mr. Gattino and I had trousers with this pattern ! Of course the same, lol !

MyMaracas said...

Whoa Nellie, that is some plaid! Ruby indeed, and and a very nice post.

Bombchell said...

awwwww so lovely!!

i love seeing old pictures, and hearing about the memories