The Company Tie

By Tom Hall


Back in the early and mid ‘80s, LUK foster care services were known as TASC (Temporary Adolescent Shelter Care). The TASC case management staff frequently had to go to court with their youth. Then, like now, it was expected that staff and the youth dressed appropriately for the court room. It was not uncommon for judges to remark from the bench about how a client or staff person was dressed. Often these court appearances sprung up with little or no notice. If you were a case manager who needed to go to court and didn’t have a tie you could go see the CEO (Punky Pletan-Cross) and borrow the agency tie which was always hanging on the coat rack in his office. It was a butt-ugly tie and there was a clear reason why no one ever claimed it as their own!

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