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Pat Shingleton:"Pat's Dip in the Mississip."

3 years 9 months 2 weeks ago Friday, January 02 2015 Jan 2, 2015 January 02, 2015 3:00 AM January 02, 2015 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

New Year's Day "Polar Plunges" are quite common throughout the country. The tradition originated with Pittsburgh's Gus Brickner in the '40s. Gus would head to the banks of the Allegheny River and either dive in or cut through the ice and dive in. Polar Bear Plunges are common on the Jersey Shore, Sandy Point Lake at Annapolis, Maryland, and in Austin, Texas. In 1985, I attempted to replicate Gus's tradition with "Pat's Dip in the Mississip." Invitees included: Pat Flanagan, Boots Garland, Kim Hammett, Tena Anderson, Dave and Mike Moore, Smiley Anders, Bob Courtney and my brother Kevin. At daybreak we'd recite the "Brickner Oath" and jump in. I was the only "jumper" yesterday with lots of excuses. Gus Brickner would have been heartbroken.

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