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In today's "Annie's Mailbox"

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This was posted/ printed today on the Ann Landers spin-off column "Annie's Mailbox." Here is the link, http://www.creators.com/lifestyle_sh...olumnsName=ama
(it's the second letter). Or, just read the cut-and-paste here:

Dear Annie: I know this is going to sound like a crazy request, but I need your help. It concerns the public appearance of so many men on TV.

In the last month, I have noticed more crooked ties on male newscasters, senators and even our president. Surely they have a mirror so they can check their appearance, and if not, some assistant must be around to give them a once-over before they go on camera.

A crooked tie truly makes all these important people look pretty stupid. Some even wear a tie with a real skinny knot. Why not go with the Windsor knot that makes the whole picture prettier? Help me make this a national problem and see if we can't turn it around. -- D.P. in Muskogee, Okla.



Dear D.P.: Um, no. We think the nation has enough to worry about. We agree that a crooked tie on someone dressed for the camera makes him appear sloppy at best, and often gives the impression of manipulation -- as if he wants the audience to believe he is too important and harried to finish dressing. We haven't noticed it to the degree you have, but we're certain the readers will now.
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What do you mean by crooked? If you are speaking about those who insist upon walking around with the top button of their shirts unfastened, and their ties hanging down a bit, then I am all with you. However, if you are talking about the overall form and shape of the knot, then I am quite perplexed. The only way to really get a perfectly symmetrical knot is to tie a half windsor or windsor; otherwise, with the four in hand, the knot is usually somewhat crooked. I don't think this crookedness is bad at all; on the contrary, it is quite pleasing because it doesn't look too contrived or too perfect. Embrace imperfection in this case.
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