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 Five-year Jacket, Who remembers that?
Posted: Dec 26 2008, 12:25 PM


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Anyone remember the five-year jacket? If you worked there five seasons you got one. Mine is red (yes, I still have it!) with the Opryland logo on the front. I really liked the coats the parking lot staff got - blue quilty-looking coat - those were cool.

Posted: Dec 27 2008, 12:37 PM


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Were they like windbreakers? I worked there from 1972-77, I remember having a heavy, hooded blue raincoat that we all coveted (several didn't make it back to wardrobe at the end of the season) and a thin red jacket after that.
I worked in merchandising (games) and as break relief.
Posted: Dec 28 2008, 05:39 PM


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I also received one of those five year jackets and still have it somewhere. I also still have the blue windbreaker. The rain jacket rotted after years of use.

We were issued those quilted winter jackets for working in the winter at the Opry. Those were nice and warm.

Now other than those ugly green "plaza" uniforms the others were comfortable and cute to wear!
Posted: Feb 9 2009, 08:55 PM


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I must admit I also "accidentally" took one of the blue raincoats home. I still give my husband a hard time about losing it and that must have been 20 years ago. I loved that rain coat. We used to wear them inside out so the rubber would shed the rain and it took less time for it to dry out. I thought my uniform was cute enough. Those chocolate brown shorts and the beige striped sleeveless shirts. I was happy to be in the state fair area. I have to agree that the plaza area had the least attractive uniforms. I wonder what they did will all the wardrobe?
Posted: May 28 2014, 12:38 PM


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I remember the windbreakers and the thicker maintenance style jackets. They were all payroll deductions and they were not cheap! In my day the park was open from the last weekend in March to the first weekend in November. In spring and fall, especially spring, you about froze to death! The windbreakers were cheaper so we'd buy like 3 of them and layer up. LOL!

Do you remember those weird turtle necks from wardrobe? They had a mile long neck to them. I still have one somewhere I think. And the hooded rain jackets. Mine fell apart after years of use. I still have my windbreaker. The heavy coat bit the dust too. At one point I had a State Fair shirt but somebody swiped that from me. I didn't even think when it closed down. I would have loved to have had one of the old 50's area costumes.

The alter ego was the heat! I can remember getting squirt bottles and filling them with ice water and misting ourselves. Every once in awhile we would take the big water cooler and dump it on each other. LOL! I worked Coaster and there was a break room underneath the station that had a freezing cold window unit air conditioner in there that was lovely! There was also a water spicket with a hose and we'd run down there and wet our heads.
Posted: Apr 10 2016, 08:36 AM


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I remember the 5-year jackets. I was just about to get mine when the park closed. I even had my manager, the assistant director of operations, go to wardrobe with me to sign for it...but we were told that since the park was closing they "weren't permitted to issue them" at that point. angry.gif

Made me sad, because I really wanted it as a keepsake. I do still have one of my blue sup shirts around here somewhere though.

"Seasonal" lead/supervisor
Animal Dept/Petting Zoo

(I put seasonal in quotes, because I worked year-round, but I had to take one month off a year or they would have had to make me a permanent).
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