Richard Press turns 85 today, please join me in wishing him the happiest of birthdays.
I say his age because he said it first, on our podcast which you can hear here.
In 1937, the year of his birth, there was a lot in the air. Literally. Amelia Earhart disappeared, the Hindenburg did too, and Howard Hughes broke his own transcontinental flight speed record. Snow White and The Hobbit were both released. And the average cost of a new house was $4,100.00.
Yet the more things change, the more they stay the same. We are still looking to the skies, perhaps now less for thrills and more for answers. Books are still being published (hey, you can buy Richard’s second volume here) and the average cost of a new house is still, a lot.
Richard is testament to the idea that there are consistencies in people, too. Authenticity was cool in 1937, and still is cool today (ask my kid). Integrity is still the measure of a person, and I am always moved when I interview or do shows with Richard how specific he is about his role with J. Press now. Lesser people would let you draw your own conclusions. Humility is still in vogue, and Richard has it in heaps. He is one of the leading figures in traditional American men’s fashion history, but when I tell him that he is expressionless. It is maybe the ONLY time he is expressionless. Family is still at the center of everything, and you just have to check out Richard’s FB page to see that illustrated. The value of a lifelong companion is still paramount, and well, Richard has that too.
The more time goes by, the more timelessness matters. We are fortunate to have Richard Press as Exhibit A of this, and look forward to his continued wisdom, style, and ethos.
Happy Birthday Richard Press!
Happy Birthday Richard. I hope there will be more coming!
Bless you, Richard, you’re the clam’s garters and the caterpillar’s boots! Your style and sense of humor, your erudition and bonhomie, and your great good love of life are an inspiration. Let’s please keep at it, we authors have to stick together. Love, Bruce.
Indeed. . . Happy Birthday Richard! And what a wonderful photo at the top of this post.
Kind Regards and Happy New Year,
85 well lived years.
Happy birthday Richard,
Happy Birthday, Mr. Press. It has been such a treat to get to know you, even if only through the web and your books. Your presence on this site, your writing, and your example in life and dress are a true inspiration. All best wishes to you.
Aw shucks gang 🙈
Happy Birthday, Mr. Press. If you were born on this date in 1937, then by my math you’re now 86. But why count? If we set mathematics aside and go by your youthful aura, intellect, and vigor, I’d say you’re eternally in early, early middle age. Thank you for making the world a more enjoyable place.
‘Tis true—born New Haven Hospital January 4, 1938
Ah, 1938. Not 1937. No wonder you look so young!
Happiest of birthdays, sir!
Happy Birthday, Mr. Press.
Thank you for all that you have done and continue to.
Happy Birthday, Mr. Press.
Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do.
Joyeux anniversaire Cher Richard !!!!
Same age as my dad. Happy Birthday!
Happy birthday! Very informative interviews.Thank you for your participation.