- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 2, 2006

There have been times in this town when I’m sure I’ve traveled back to the 1940s or ‘50s.

Just the other day I saw an older gentleman going about his business in a suit of seersucker, the breathable summer fabric that is making a fashion comeback.

I doubt this man knew he was in style. The outfit was topped off by a dapper tan fedora sitting at a jaunty angle, reminding me of a film noir detective. He did not hurry by, as so many commuters do, but simply strolled down the walk, taking his time.

I’ve seen other men wearing hats, including wide-brimmed straw encircled by a simple black band.

And unlike other places in this country, chivalry is still alive. However, my time travels never last long. Besides seeing iPods, Blackberries, SUVs and cell phones, I see some young men who don’t offer their Metro seat to an elderly woman.

Jacqueline Palank, of Menomonee Falls, Wis., is in the Class of ‘07 at Marquette University.

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