16 September 2009

Otter's Sweater



It is, without doubt, a Trad masterpiece. Hands down...the coolest sweater in the world. I'm trying to find anything close. Jay Kos had a beautiful Otter Sweater last season but it's way out of my fraternity. Any leads would be most appreciated. TO-GAH, TO-GAH!

34 comments:

MMT said...

What movie/show is this from?

tintin said...

MMT - It's from the 1978 film, Animal House.

Anonymous said...

As a current college student I've always thought the clothes of animal house were classic

TRAWETS NILTGEOV said...

Boone, I anticipate a deeply religious experience.

brandon sargent said...

brooks has this great one for kids, if they only had one for adults! http://bit.ly/vVHzU

Anonymous said...

Tintin,
I can't even begin to comment on this post because my head will explode with quotes. I was elementary school when this movie premiered and I had to sneak in the theater to see it. Being the great mom that I am I turned both my daughters on to this american classic. After viewing one must take an antidote of Jane Austen to avoid permanent brain damage. Hope you find the holy grail/sweater. D

longwing said...

Sometimes I wonder if we're even talking about the same trad.

Memphis88 said...

Too bad too because that Brooks sweater is pretty damn close.

Anonymous said...

animal house, more like granimal house

Anonymous said...

A decade-and-a-half earlier, Tim Matheson (Otter) was the voice of Jonny Quest.

-DB

Anonymous said...

So, you've already got your Halloween costume picked out...a roll of Life Savers! Much more colorful and less cliche than Mr. Goodbar.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who wore that sweater at Dartmouth in the mid-Seventies would have been considered, in the vernacular of the day, a complete dweeb.

tintin said...

brandon- That's close enough for government work but I'd look like Pugsley Addams.

D- Yeah, it was an amazing event when it came out. Toga parties were everywhere.

longwing- And isn't that the point? I put it to you, Wing...Either there's diversity in Trad or you're bad mouthing America.

Memphis 88- Amazing. I swear - boy's departments get all the good stuff. I was able to get into a size 20 in college but no more.

anon 12:28 - Been waiting to use that line for a year or more?

DB - Johnny Quest: You know, I think vegetables can be very sensuous, don't you?

Hadji: No, Johnny. Vegetables are sensual. People are sensuous.

Anon 15:46- And that makes you... Tony Lo Porto?

Ben said...

... and I'm not gonna stand by while BAD MOUTH THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

Damn you! I was just about to write one about this film.

Beefeater said...

Toga, Toga, Toga . . . brilliant.

heavy tweed jacket said...

My brother had something like that in more muted tones. It was very cool. Diversity in trad? Sure there is. There's certainly regionalism and even globalism in trad.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who wore that sweater at Dartmouth in the mid-Seventies would have been considered, in the vernacular of the day, a complete dweeb.

Anyone who would wear anything from the 70s is considered a 'complete dweeb'

Anonymous said...

Animal House was set in the 60s not the 70s.

tintin said...

Ben- There's a lot to write about Animal House.

Beefeater- No, it's TOH - GA, TOH - GA.

Heavy Tweed - As I've always said, "You ain't heavy...you're my Harris Tweed.

Anon 07:11 - You beat me to it. Actually, Heavy Tweed has some 70's / 80's era shots of Dartmouth (I think). Compared to the 60's not even Princeton is that impressive. Hampden Sydney is another story.

Anon - The fall of '62 I think. It was made in '78 and there seems to be an active alumni of the shoot.

tintin said...

Ben- There's a lot to write about Animal House.

Beefeater- No, it's TOH - GA, TOH - GA.

Heavy Tweed - As I've always said, "You ain't heavy...you're my Harris Tweed.

Anon 07:11 - You beat me to it. Actually, Heavy Tweed has some 70's / 80's era shots of Dartmouth (I think). Compared to the 60's not even Princeton is that impressive. Hampden Sydney is another story.

Anon - The fall of '62 I think. It was made in '78 and there seems to be an active alumni of the shoot.

Anonymous said...

Hampden Sydney is a finishing school for the weakest members of the herd.

tintin said...

Anon 21:14 - Piss those guys off and they'll garrote you with their Hermes belts.

Aaron said...

That photo brings back memories I didn't know I had. I recall wearing a similar multi-colored striped sweater, but the colors were heathered. It's something I picked up around 1983 or so.

http://www.thesluicebox.com/

longwing said...

There's some diversity in that sweater.

ADG said...

I puked all over my identical sweater one night at the Cellar in Charlotte. Mighta puked on Charlotte as well.

Tickled Pink And Green said...

Oh how I loved (Mine's bigger) Otter. I just did a little post about him a week or so ago...my college sweetheart and I were all about the Otter...

http://www.tickledpinkandgreen.com/2009/09/i-spy-preppy_10.html

I had a vest just like that in 6th grade.

tintin said...

Aaron- There were a number of striped sweaters in the 80's. I just learned they're called Poor Boy sweaters. See the link on Brandon Sargents comment. I hope you didn't buy it used in S.C.

La Wing- Now you're talking. We're not a melting pot - - This country is just one big Poor Boy sweater.

ADD- I barfed on 5 sorority sisters just after they asked me if I'd ever been with more than one woman. This was on a king size bed in their friend's parents condo in Atlantic City. It pains me to add this is not something I've made up. WC Stroby can verify should you desire confirmation. Fortunately, I didn't get any on my sweater.

Tickled- Welcome to the blog. If you like 80's college pics - - you've arrived in Mecca.

Dickie said...

That sweater is amazing. The movie is a the stuff legends are made of and if I had been smarter, that very similar sweater I had from the Gap or Structure (eyes, rolling, i know) should have been kept, but then again I just wasn't thinking when it got ditched.

DAM

Anonymous said...

just make one dude.

get like 100 made and sell them

tintin said...

Dickie- Here's something close on ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/AMERICAN-EAGLE-MENS-NWOT-WOOL-C-NECK-SWEATER-SZ-XL-3231_W0QQitemZ220483125392QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_CSA_MC_Sweaters?hash=item3355d18090&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

Anon- Dude, what do you charge for a sweater? PM me and lets talk.

Pigtown-Design said...

I saw this movie at the US Naval Academy during a weekend regatta. I swear, the whole corps wanted to go to a "real" college after that.

Cathleen said...

Oddly enough, my DAD took me to see "Animal House" in the theater back in the day.(I was 10, he was 40.)

This is the first R-rated movie I ever saw. I actually wanted to see "Saturday Night Fever", but Dad offered this, and I took him up on it. (Honestly, I think he was in the middle of a nostalgia fest, having turned 40 back when that age had more heft to it.)

I didn't understand the sex dialog in the movie at the time, I figured that out later when I saw it on cable in the 1980s.

But, I sure knew that I couldn't wait until I could take my own ROAD TRIP.

Anonymous said...

I was looking for "otter's sweater" on google after seeing the boys' sweater in the Brooks catalog, but no men's equivalent. Lo and behold, you had the same idea, earlier. Did you have any luck finding anything?

Googling 'poor boy' sweater only seems to bring up some women's item from the 90's.

tintin said...

Copy that link I sent to Dickie in the comment dated 24 Sep. It's an XL but I have one that's a Large and it's a tight fit.

I didn't like this sweater and wound up buying one from Kos. He told me he had two left and wasn't going to do another one. They're expensive but I considered it for a while and felt like I had to have one just like Otters. That's because I'm a moron.