June 27, 2002
It all started as a casual lunch conversation...
some of the staffers of the FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) in
Portland, Maine. The discussion got a little weird. Before
long, my frequent Co-Pilot and Bodyguard, Gary Readio, a 6' 5" Flight
Standards Inspector, was challenged: He would NOT come to work wearing a dress!
Always the opportunist, Gary recognized the fundraising possibilities instantly.
He quickly began logging the bets. The deal was: the first $50 would go into his
daughter Taylor's college fund. Everything over that would go to Corvettes
Conquer Cancer and the American Cancer Society. As the bets... uh... pledges
mounted, he issued an additional challenge: at $300 the mustache comes off!
What happened after that is history,
Yes, the 'stache came off... Scary, isn't it!
$50 for Taylor's fund = $365.00 for Corvettes Conquer Cancer
and The American Cancer Society.
And he didn't just wear
the dress at work, he DROVE to and from work this way!
Thanks Dame Edn... uh, Gary!
( ...and I travel with this guy!?!)
p.s. here's what he usually looks like, shown
here on June 15 in IL:
But then again, 2 days after "Drag Day" he died his
hair and did this: