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1982 Beer Jacket

Beer Jacket 1982 Rear

Beer Jacket 1982 Rear

Credit: Nora Odendahl *85 and John Wriedt '85. Permissive license.

Chore coat in off-white cotton twill with stenciled decoration.

The Class of 1982 revived the beer jacket tradition after a short hiatus.

The 1982 design is packed with more allusions than any other jacket in the collection. Here is the description published by the class:

“A missing link in the Olympic symbol represents the U.S. boycott of the Moscow Summer Olympics of 1980. The hockey stick, with the attached flag, represents the U.S. Olympic hockey victory at Lake Placid and the blade of the stick forms the base of the “2” of the “82.” The Tiger’s stripes form a broken menorah within a pyramid, suggesting ongoing unrest in the Middle East. Curly whiskers on the Tiger symbolize implementation of the new undergraduate residential system-the CURL plan. A sleeping fox under the Tiger’s paw represents the passing away of Freddie Fox ’39 on 2/20/81. A raised elephant trunk depicts Reagan’s presidential victory. Falling peanuts symbolize President Carter’s defeat. A soaring basketball within the “2” in ’82, symbolizes Princeton’s Ivy League victory in 1981. An upside down “Y” (this year’s symbol for the game) represents the defeat of Yale; the losing streak is broken in the 15th year. The turban, nose and beard of Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini, symbolic of the Hostage Crisis in November 1979, forms parts of the “8” in ’82. A broken chain signifies the hostages’ eventual freedom.”

Credit: John Wriedt '85

Beer Jacket 1982 Front

Beer Jacket 1982 Front

Credit: Nora Odendahl *85 and John Wriedt '85. Permissive license.