Ivy Notes S1 E20

What’s that cover image?  It is the St. Leonard’s Women’s Lacross Team, 1890.   Why is it here?  Two reasons.  First, it is a cool image and lacrosse is Ivy.  Four Ivy League schools in the final eight for national title this year.  Second, got my butt beat doing a boxing training with a female trainer today, and wanted to recognize strong women who can beat me up in all times and places.

A few quick things while I am shoring up the piece for tomorrow.

First, the subscription idea was ONLY for the newsletter, NEVER for the site.  The site will always be free to access.  If the newsletter thing bothers you, don’t buy it.   I mean, I hope you do, but don’t let it get whatever your Ivy undergarments are in a twist.

Second, I am working on a piece about why Timex gets a pass from all of us here and Brooks doesn’t.  I think I understand, it is that Timex still offers the classics (do they though??? – everything is out of stock, but that could be supply chain).  Still, if you want to talk about a brand that is all over the place, consider:


I offer you the Stranger Things Timex as Exhibit A


Once you get over the diverging in a wood that Timex did there, take a look at:


I mean, I get licensing. I am about to do it here. But at least, a consistent theme? Again, all good in the pursuit of commerce, but why do they get a pass here when Brooks doesn’t?


Chris the soon to be featured here writer suggested two other baseball writers to me, you may want to check them out as well.  The first is Tom Boswell, now retired, and Red Smith.  Chris also gave me this quote from Smith:

“Baseball is only dull to small minds.”

Gotta say, I agree.

Finally, if you are through the playlists and posts from Mr. Boyer on music and want to better understand the correlation between jazz and Take Ivy particularly, our own Tarik wrote a brilliant piece on the subject (that he should have submitted here).   Click on the photo.


Dave Brubeck Quartet at Dartmouth. It’s in the article, too. But click on the picture.

15 Comments on "Ivy Notes S1 E20"

  1. Boston Ivy | May 25, 2022 at 12:38 am |

    But it’s the newsletter we want for free, not just the site, John.

    • John Burton | May 25, 2022 at 7:07 am |

      Well sure. But, I mean, you get how an economy works, right?

      • Boston Ivy | May 25, 2022 at 12:28 pm |

        Forgive my ignorance, but I know next-to-nothing nothing about how an economy works. Am I wrong in thinking that you can attract and charge advertisers according to how many readers you have and that the number of readers will increase if the newsletter is made available free-of-charge?

        • John Burton | May 25, 2022 at 2:17 pm |

          You have zero point zero ignorance. And you are correct about readership. In May of 2022 we are projecting to quadruple the unique readership of May of 2021, and that should and will be reflected in advertising rates going forward. That said. The readership of the newsletter would be based on the readership of the site. Subscribers would not come from elsewhere and subscribe to a newsletter then read the site. It would be vice versa. The site will always be the driver, and always be free to read. Thus, the newsletter would be fair to charge for. Unless we take on a corporate sponsor for it. That is another avenue. For example, if we had a Summer Newsletter that focused on Ivy Lifestyle, that might be a great opportunity for Muddy Dog. Does that make sense?

  2. Those lacrosse uniforms look like most Victorian womenswear, which is to say, amazingly uncomfortable. I marvel at the torture devices masquerading as fashion that women especially have endured through the ages.
    Timex goes in for gimmicks galore but still sells a few of their key “heritage” pieces, as you write. Brooks still cranks out a few quality items here and there, but they disappoint because they’ve almost totally abandoned those items for which they are most known and appreciated. I get the feeling that Michael Bastian is either playing it safe and slow or is being thwarted at every turn by Brooks’s mall-tastic overlords. (That said, I am seeing more and more of his vibe in the collections of late.)
    Thanks for sharing Tarik’s article — It’s funny how much I’ve learned about jazz from reading a blog mostly dedicated to clothes.

    • John Burton | May 25, 2022 at 2:19 pm |

      That’s funny, I thought the exact same thing. You couldn’t design harder clothes to play lacrosse in. And… may I borrow “mall-tastic overlords”? Because… perfect.

  3. Minimalist Trad | May 25, 2022 at 3:29 am |

    The Timex T20501 is the only wristwatch I haven’t tired of. Absolutely simple and classic, and readily available.

  4. Hi JB,
    Love what you’re doing with the site. I bought a Timex Marlin recently; it’s a lovely timepiece. Also, if anyone is interested in the correlation between Jazz and Ivy pursuits, check out the latest post on YouTube by sailor and journalist Chriatian Williams.

    • John Burton | May 25, 2022 at 7:07 am |

      THANK YOU.

      • Harkness Tower | May 25, 2022 at 12:32 pm |

        Could you please help me understand why people don’t provide us with links to articles/posts that they refer to?

        • John Burton | May 25, 2022 at 2:22 pm |

          A few things. First off, sometimes people worry about taking readers off of our site, and view it as a courtesy. Second, comments with links now require approval as part of our spam control, so if someone doesn’t want to wait, they may just rewrite the comment without a link. Thirdly, perhaps they remember something online but don’t have the link readily available and it is a bother?

    • Harkness Tower | May 25, 2022 at 12:33 pm |

      Could you please provide a link to the Christian Williams post that you referred to? Thank you.

  5. Hi Harkness Tower,
    As Mr. Burton correctly assumed, it was just something that I had seen recently and didn’t have the link ready. I was thinking – or rather typing – out loud. Also, the video is a short one about sailing at night. In the video Mr Williams very briefly talks about how jazz has the same attributes as sailing at night. The above article jogged the memory of the video, but the video doesn’t deal with the subject in a comprehensive way. However, I thought it was relevant to the recent discussions on the correlation between jazz and ivy, and I thought it might be of interest. Skip to 6 mins 30 seconds.

  6. Wrong link to the above discussion. Apologies!
    Here’s the link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlIfZBX2M0Q

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