The Plastics Pioneers Association named Theodore Debreceni the winner of its Much Traveled Shirt Award.
Debreceni of Atlanta is the immediate past president of PPA. The Cleveland-area native also is the retired past president and owner of Plastics Systems Inc.
PPA, based in McHenry, has given out the shirt every year since 1954. It started as a gag when charter PPA member Gordon Brown, appeared at breakfast wearing a particularly garish-looking Hawaiian shirt.
When fellow pioneers made some disparaging remarks, Brown stripped off the shirt and awarded it to his loudest critic, A.R. Van Horne, who was to present it to another deserving member at the next meeting.
The shirt, now bearing each recipient's signature, is presented at the annual meeting to the member who most typifies the spirit of PPA. Debreceni was adorned at the group's February meeting.