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cowdery
08-18-2009, 21:06
Can you name them all? To get you started, the obstructed guy in the red shirt is Craig Beam.

smokinjoe
08-18-2009, 21:19
I can't name all of those gentlemen. But, are they all wearing Elmer's favorite style hat as a tribute? If so, how cool!
That's a great pic, Chuck. If you get a chance, please tell the story.

ggilbertva
08-18-2009, 21:52
First row: Harlan Wheatly, Jimmy Russell, Elmer T. Lee, unknown, Parker Beam
Back Row far left is Jim Rutledge....can't see the others. I can't be certain but it may be Chris Morris or Greg Davis next to Jim Rutledge. I can't see enough of his face to be sure.

How'd I do?

camduncan
08-18-2009, 22:19
I thought it was Jim Rutledge at the far back right in the dark shirt?

Lost Pollito
08-18-2009, 22:20
I thought it was Jim Rutledge at the far back right in a blue shirt?
and perhaps Craig Beam back row far left?

independant
08-18-2009, 23:42
All the master distillers bring the flat hat back. Sweet now me, my grandfather and ETL will not be the only ones. Great pic Chuck thanks for sharing.

cowdery
08-19-2009, 10:31
The other obstructed guy, next to Rutledge, is Kevin Smith of Maker's Mark.

This was taken at Elmer's 90th birthday party this past Friday and, yes, the newsboy caps were worn as a tribute to Elmer.

Special Reserve
08-19-2009, 18:16
In his latter years (in his 80's) my dad wore a hat like that. I've known a couple of other older gentlemen that also wore that style. Is this an age related phenomena?

bonneamie
08-19-2009, 19:20
Great photo. Some of those distillers seem to wear the hat better than others.

HipFlask
08-19-2009, 19:39
How many years of distilling are are in this picture? Who is the gentleman in the yellow shirt in the front row?

whskylvr
08-19-2009, 20:14
I believe the gentlemen in the yellow shirt is Gary Gayheart from Buffalo Trace.

The back row is Craig Beam, Greg Davis, Kevin Smith and Jim Rutledge I believe.

Skunk
08-19-2009, 21:22
I can't name any of them, but I think I like the guy with a pint in his back pocket!

whskylvr
08-19-2009, 21:27
That's Harlen Wheatley Current Master Distiller at Buffalo Trace

cowdery
08-19-2009, 23:01
I believe they have all now been named correctly. Congratulations!