Re: Test Hats
Bruce B. Harper (BHARPER@VTVM1.CC.VT.EDU)
Thu, 1 Jul 1993 15:43:29 EDT
On Thu, 1 Jul 1993 10:09:22 CDT Don Newcomb said:
>>From: Don Izard <IZARD%UBVM.BITNET@ricevm1.rice.edu>
>> I think we should have regional hats!
>> Cowboy hats for those in Western region.
>> Maybe a Fedora for us in the NE
>> Some kind of SUN hat, maybe a STRAW hat in the south region
>Sorry Don, the straw hat went the way of high button shoes. THE southern
>hat today is the baseball cap. If you don't believe me just look in any
A local newspaper columnist wrote a bit on hats about two weeks ago.
A letter to the editor in the Sunday paper pointed out the health problems
that can result from the wearing of baseball caps. The letter was written
by Bonnie Braun here at Virginia Tech, an administrator for the Virginia
Cooperative Extension Service. She talked about the joint project Extension
has with the American Cancer Society. She pointed out that cowboy hats
were worn for protection from both rain and sun and suggested that "today's
suburban counterparts (farmers, lifeguards, gardeners) should take a little
of the same advice."
"Wide-brimmed hats help protect the ears and neck from the sun's rays,
a vital consideration when you're home on the range. Overexposure to the
sun can lead to melanoma, a skin cancer. This year, 750 Virginians will
get melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, and 150 people
will die from it, according to American Cancer Society estimates. Virginia
Cooperative Extension is working with the Cancer Society to encourage
anyone who spends a lot of time in the sun to wear protective clothing,
especially wide-brimmed hats and sun-screen."
So while baseball caps may be stylish, it might not be a bad move for
Scouts to move to something with a wider brim.
Administrative Display System Bruce B. Harper, Manager
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061-0433
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