Hatless Jack

Ed points to this bit in Slate about the Kennedy inauguration, which is about how since Kennedy in 1961, people keep waiting for the next great inaugural speech. One of the reasons it posits is the general trend towards informality in American culture. But what it doesn’t mention is that Kennedy’s hatless appearance that January is often cited as a watershed event towards the end of more formal dress. According to this NPR story, the hat was on its way out because of its simple inconvenience.