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home : news : local   May 25, 2016

6/5/2013 9:01:00 AM
Celeb caught in classic campaign T


Attorney Gary Peterlin holds up a pair of his 1980s-era La Salle County state’s attorney campaign T-shirts. Actor Seth Meyers was recently photographed wearing one of the shirts in New York City.NewsTribune photo/Matthew Baker
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Attorney Gary Peterlin holds up a pair of his 1980s-era La Salle County state’s attorney campaign T-shirts. Actor Seth Meyers was recently photographed wearing one of the shirts in New York City.

NewsTribune photo/Matthew Baker
Matthew Baker
Staff Writer



A local attorney recently found some unexpected celebrity political support just a few decades too late.
“Apparently there’s life after politics, not only for the candidates and office holders but for the shirts too,” said Gary Peterlin of Oglesby.
A paparazzi photo captured Saturday Night Live star Seth Meyers and his former SNL Weekend Update co-host Amy Poehler strolling through New York City’s West Village neighborhood earlier this month. In the photo, Meyers can be seen wearing a vintage red “Gary Peterlin State’s Attorney” campaign T-shirt. (Gee, we’d love to show you the photo but the paparazzi might take copyright issue with that).
How the 1980s-era T-shirt ended up on the actor’s back is a bit of a mystery. What Peterlin knows is that several years ago a family friend who was working on SNL was surprised to see the drummer in the show’s band wearing a Peterlin campaign T-shirt.
“The drummer commented that that was his favorite shirt,” Peterlin said.
After hearing that, the Peterlins sent an extra shirt to New York City. Apparently, instead of ending up in the drummer’s hands it made its way to Meyers’s closet.
Since the photo appeared in a number of media outlets online, Peterlin has been hearing from many of his old supporters and family members who have seen it.
“It’s created quite a buzz amongst our family and friends,” Peterlin said.
Peterlin won in 1980 and served two terms.
He also has been surprised to see how the shirts, originally designed by his wife Lana, have spread since being worn by campaign volunteers nearly 30 years ago.
For example, the SNL drummer apparently first found his shirt in California and the Peterlins once stopped in a Carlos’n Charlie’s restaurant in Mexico and found one of the shirts attached to the ceiling.
“Obviously it was a good shirt,” Peterlin said.
The photo can be seen, among various online sources, on the US Weekly website at http://www.usmagazine.com/hot-pics/weekend-update-reunion-201336.

Matthew Baker can be reached at (815) 220-6933, or lasallereporter@newstrib.com.












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