It’s been said time and again that opposites attract, and for Scott Sutton (Lycoming ’04) and Alec Traub (UC Irvine ’99) who met inside Heritage Hall in downtown Indianapolis during the summer of 2004, this was especially true. Sutton grew up in a small farming community in central Pennsylvania and had just graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications. A skinny, dark-haired young man, he was about to travel the country with no GPS as a Chapter Services Consultant. Traub, who hailed from Beverly Hills, was set to take over the Fraternity’s Expansion efforts. As they learned everything necessary to be successful in their jobs, the two were realizing Greek letters were not the only thing they had in common.
“You would have never guessed that two very different people could have become such close friends,” Sutton recalled. “But we hit it off that summer and got along very well.”
Before long, a beautiful friendship was emerging as the pair began sharing silly jokes, both on the job and outside of work. Eventually, they even started finishing each other’s sentence, as others who worked alongside the duo were witnessing true brotherhood and comradery.
“Although we had gotten close over that summer, for me, it really started with a text from Scott,” Traub explained. “I was travelling to one of the Fraternity’s colonies and as I was waiting to board my flight, I looked at my phone and read, ‘I miss you like the grasshopper misses grass – and hopping.”
That text would become the basis for a back and forth banter where one would attempt to outdo the other. Over a 15-year period, Traub kept every text message and began recording their memories.
“One of my favorite times spent with Scott was after I finished a visit with the Iowa State Colony,” Traub said. “Scott was visiting a chapter nearby and we decided to meet in Dyersville (Iowa) to see the Field of Dreams movie set. When we got there, it was a perfect, sunny day and we were able to play whiffle ball together on the diamond. We’re both huge baseball fans – different teams of course, the Red Sox for Scott and the Dodgers for me.”