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466                                     Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.
               There was a political as well as erotic reason behind the dress code at
            the Mineshaft. In the Mineshaft Newsletter (April 1977), Wally Wallace
            wrote:
                   The Queen, England’s Elizabeth, is celebrating her first 25
               years on the throne. Without her pomp or her circumstances,
               the MINESHAFT will celebrate its first six months on the
               weekend of April 15 . Fortunately we don’t expect a queen in
                               th
               sight. Thrones [toilets], yes, but “queens” no!

               Exercising “crowd control” against invasive cologne and Lacoste
            queens, Wally Wallace wrote in the Mineshaft Membership Application:

                   Approved items in the MINESHAFT DRESS CODE as
               originally adopted are leather cycle styles, western gear, Levi’s,
               T-shirts, tanktops, official uniforms, plaid and plain shirts,
               some rugged work pants, cut offs, gymwear, jockstraps, and just
               plain sweat.
                   The items not approved are those which do not fit in a man’s
               club where visions of leather, cowboys, uniforms, and jocks are
               a reality and not just sugar plums at Christmas. In other words:
               NO COLOGNE, PERFUME, or STRONG AFTERSHAVE,
               NO SUITS, TIES, JACKETS, DRESS PANTS, or FANCY
               SHIRTS,  NO  DISCO  DRAG,  NO  MAKE-UP  OR  FEMI-
               NINE HAIR STYLES, NO FANCY DESIGNER SWEAT-
               ERS, NO RUGBY OR OTHER STRIPED SHIRTS, NO
               HEAVY OUTERWEAR OR PARKAS, and, last but not least,
               LACOSTE STYLE SHIRTS. This is a NO, NO even if manu-
               factured by those who ignore the original alligator and replace
               it with foxes, sailboats, pigs, or monograms. The administration
               of the DRESS CODE is the responsibility of the MINESHAFT
               Doorman, and should he err, someone on the very capable staff
               will probably catch it. So buy it, don’t defy it!
                   . . . .When you go to the Baths, you are requested to wear a
               towel.
                   . . .Problems arise in the dress code when a guy dressed prop-
               erly tries to bring in a friend who is not so attired. It is equally
               hard to turn away an out-of-towner, especially a foreign visitor,
               who may be of the right head, but of the wrong dress. Exceptions
               have been made, but in the future they will not be without a loan
               of the shirt off our back to the right guy.



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