He was dressed more colorfully than the youth softball teams staying at the hotel.
He said I could.
I took pictures of its front and back.
From the front you can see he is the president. If you click on the picture, you can make it large enough to see where the group has taken trips. I see several for Starved Rock, for instance.
I also see many pins saying, “Toys for Tots.”
From the back you can see the organization is called the “Mean Machines, Chicago #1.” Notice the fringes and how long it is.
As you can see, it had all sorts of pins on it.
Then, I asked permission to take a photo of his tee shirt.
…both get better with age
He opened his vest wide so I could see what was on it.
And the bandanna.
I couldn’t get it in one frame, so I took two.
I introduced myself and asked if he had been to the Art Fair at the Old State Capitol.
He said his name was Bruce, but most people called him “Stagecoach.”
I asked him if he had been down the same weekend last year and stayed at the Drury.
He said he had.
I doubt I looked familiar to him, but what he was wearing certainly looked familiar to me.
He said 300 of “my guys” had come down to Springfield with him and they were going to have a cookout that night (Saturday).
As we were leaving Springfield on Route 55 where it merges with Business 66, I think we saw two member of his organization tooling back to the Chicago area.