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Monday, March 21, 2016 09:03 am

Men in uniform

In "Off the rack" I chided the governor for his too-casual choices of attire while on the job. I concede that my standards in such matters were shaped by my first tow governors, William Stratton and Otto Kerner. Stratton was a bit of a dandy, Kerner went dignified. 

Kerner was named Best Dressed in his class at Brown University, and later served in World War II as a field artillery officer in North Africa, Italy and the Pacific; decorated twice, he left active duty as a lieutenant colonel. Kerner carried himself like a soldier his whole life, and by some miracle of self-presentation managed to look distinguished even in golfing clothes.

However, time in the service is no guarantee of sartorial smartness. In the ‘70s I covered an appearance by then-candidate Dan Walker, a corporate exec. He was wearing polyester. I decided at that moment to vote for Ogilvie. 



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