It all started as a gag in 1954, when charter PPA member Gordon Brown appeared at breakfast wearing a particularly garish looking Hawaiian shirt, giving rise to many disparaging remarks. He stripped off the shirt and “awarded” it to his loudest critic, A.R. Van Horne, with the proviso that he present it to another “deserving” member at the next meeting.
That same shirt, now bearing the signatures of each member receiving the award, is presented at the Annual Meeting to a member who, in the opinion of the current president, typifies the spirit of the Plastics Pioneers.
Ashby Rice and Lance Neward passed the MTS to Wendy Hoenig for 2022. Wendy is shown below displaying the long list of past members that bear the legacy of the shirt.