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Mr. Oyster
by Meg Casey

Meg Casey's Milford Oyster Fest T-shirts

Pam McLaughlin, Milford Citizen reporter
August 19, 1983

Oyster Festival goers will find out the plight the frenzied little oyster on Casey's designer T-shirts, sold at the festival.

In 1982, after a narrow escape from an oystering boat, the amorphous creature was left clinging to the outside of a porthole with an oyster friend on the inside, trying to help him in.

This year’s T-shirt design is the last in a series which Casey has been drawing since 1978. Next year a new series will begin, with the same characters.

"This series had to end for its sake," said Casey. "I don't want to run it into the ground, like a movie with too many sequels." It all started about seven years ago when a local merchant asked Casey, a local artist, to come up with a design and then changed his mind. It gave her the mind to do it herself.

After completing the first silkscreen cartoon for the 1978 shirt, she offered it to the Oyster Festival Committee for a fee plus royalties. They turned it down and she's glad they did.

In 1982 she sold over 500 shirts and says she couldn’t sell them fast enough. "I started out with 300 and had to keep send my brother to T-shirt World to have more printed. Some people even ordered them at the festival and paid in advance."

She has always come out ahead on sales, but attributes last year's success to the national publicity she received concerning a rare, premature aging disease she suffers from called progeria.

"So many people would come up and say that ‘I saw you on TV’, then buy shirt," she says.

Aside from the social security that she receives, selling the shirts is the only source of income for Casey, who is a full time volunteer at the Milford Independent Disabled Persons office on Naugatuck Avenue.

Casey is convinced that the "psychology of weather affects buying power" at the festival, noting that sales are up on sunny days.

She will order 700 to 1000 T-shirts this year, depending upon the weather forecast.

Speaking on a oysters, Casey plugs her copyrighted, silk screen designs."Some like to eat ‘em, some like to pet them and everyone likes to wear them!"


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