Old Farts Club alive and kicking
Special to The R-C
If you have ever seen someone wearing a black shirt bearing the words “Mr. Old Fart to you,” it’s more than likely that you have met a member of the Old Farts Club.
This all started back in 2002 when, as a regular customer of the French Bar, I purchased a shirt from a catalog company that had the original logo on the front. Several other French customers expressed an interest in having similar shirts, so I ordered a batch of 17.
This was the start of the Old Farts Club.
In 2003, with the enthusiastic support of fellow members, we entered a float in the Carson Valley Days Parade. Sponsored by the French Bar, we decorated an ’86 Ford flatbed truck Hawaiian style with palm trees, beach chairs, a surfboard and … a handful of “Old Farts.”
In the 2007 parade, “OFC member “Wild” Bill Cook built some “Flintmobiles” for us to drive, one of which honored member and World War II veteran, Verne Hale.
Hale, a B-17 pilot with the 452nd Bomb Group, flew a mission out of Deopham Green, England, about a month after D-Day when his aircraft, “Marjorie Ann,” was shot down by flak and crashed in France on July 8, 1944 (three weeks after his 21st birthday). Verne and some of his crew were held as prisoners of war for nearly a year until the end of the war in Europe. The following year, in 2008, Bill built some outhouses which we drove in the parade. When the parade organizers decided that participants could no longer throw candy to the kids … Bill chose to withdraw his vehicles in protest.
As you might expect, the OFC has lost quite a few members over the years, but we’ve had new members join to keep the number of members about the same.
The owner of the French Bar, Renee Harrington, had additional shirts made with the French Bar information on the back and also declared Thursday as OFC Day, when a member wears their OFC shirt in full view, they are entitled to their first regular drink … “on the house.”
Members can usually be seen at the French every day, especially on Thursdays!
Membership is open to all. Just be 21 or over and wear your OFC shirt, which is available for purchase at the French. The French has an OFC corner, which includes a framed definition of an “Old Fart.”