Let's tip our hats to David Gildea, of Stevenson, for making "a very good trade."
In 1989, when the Soviet Union preached perestroika, Gildea was one of 30 students at Washington and Lee University in Virginia who went on a school trip with a professor to Moscow.
There, the young Gildea traded his running shoes to a Soviet officer, in exchange for the officer's imposing visor hat and belt with a big buckle.
Now 44, Gildea, a real estate attorney, can't find the belt. But he still has the hat, which he wore Saturday at "Hats Off to Hampden Family Center," a gala and fundraiser for the nonprofit center on The Avenue.
Gildea didn't look at all...