The Great Unload II: Tee-Shirts

In the interests of making this meta-exercise even more shoegazatory, I wanna note that tomorrow’s entry was written yesterday for posting today. hummersBut I wound up reading some stories of this morning, and one jumped right into the make-a-mess-mix.

Seems that local nostalgia merchant/savant Steve DeBellis is attempting to salvage the Goldenrod Showboat, but he’s being tested by the great humbler, Money. I wouldn’t mind seeing the old boat cruising the Mississippi (or Missouri) again, but lacking cash, I’ll just wish DeBellis well and leave it at that.

What was eye-popping was part of the last paragraph, written by Mark Schlinkmann: “DeBellis has written a book on the history of the Wehrenberg movie theater chain and produced T-shirts honoring defunct local pro sports teams like the 1934 football Gunners and the basketball Spirits of the 1970s.”


Early this year, I pitched a local-dead-sports-teams-tee-shirts idea to a tee-shirt company on the South Side. The good folks there blew me off for several months and then I started shooting out some nibbles to other folks, just in the past few weeks, with even less feedback. Mind you, there’s no small amount of dead teams to select. In soccer alone, you’ve got the Stars and Knights and Ambush and Storm and Steamers and surely some more. Whether, or not, these teams have any rights-holders who’d put the kibosh on a modified, modern t-shirt, I couldn’t tell you. I was going to leave that up to the pros, while offering as a sales point.

Well, it appears that this idea’s already been done, though I’ve never seen these shirts on a store rack. And it appears my mind is less blender and more trash compactor, with little bits’n’bobs of half-churned influences clinging all over.

Self-flagellation aside, I still think locals would wear a St. Louis Hummers shirt, don’t you?

I mean: St. Louis Hummers. Come on!

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