Abe Giles was a hat man. I’m a hat man. I once was a hat man as part of my official costume, but I auctioned my jute hat for a fundraiser for 9-11 memorial funds and now I just have my shiny bald head except when I need to be warm, support my teams, or when I want shelter from the sun and rain.
I could be wrong, but I think Abe Giles’s favorite cap was a Kangol. I have a white Kangol golf cap covered with autographs by pro golfers and I know the brand is very popular in the African American community.
Giles was very controversial, but he was a power in the community. He was the closest thing to a ward boss left in Hartford politics. Yes, I know he was arrested and convicted of attempted fourth degree larceny in the Eddie Perez corruption case and given a very light sentence. Fourth degree larceny? I don’t even know what that means. It sounds like he was basically busted for political jaywalking.
Stop by the Mark Twain House and Museum to see my exhibit of original editorial cartoon art. “Drawing Fire: Bob Englehart’s 30 years at The Courant.” It’s free and will be up through May. For more information, call the Mark Twain House and Museum at 860-247-0998. As long as you’re there, take a tour!
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