After years of pushing out thousands of witty one-liner T-shirts from his basement, Joe Johnson ’11 will be expanding Obvious Shirts with the launch of a storefront in late July a block from Wrigley Field.
Johnson’s new moves with the business, which he started four years ago, were highlighted in a recent article by the Chicago Tribune. You can read the full story here.
A Chicago Cubs pitcher inspired Johnson’s first Obvious Shirt in 2015 — “Jake Arrieta is Good at Baseball” — and a chance meeting at a Cubs Convention in 2017 led to a deal with Clark Street Sports that put the shirts in dozens of stores across Chicago.
During the baseball season, Obvious Shirts sells roughly 10,000-15,000 shirts per month from online sales, wholesale and distribution in outlets such as the Cubs Team Store and Clark Street Sports locations.
“It’s nonstop, organized chaos in my brain,” Johnson told the Tribune. “What I’m most proud of is just the fact that my girlfriend and I were able to create this out of nothing and make something that we’re proud of.”
While at Wabash, Johnson majored in rhetoric with a minor in economics and concentration in business and entrepreneurship. He was a member of the baseball team and Lambda Chi Alpha.
Riley Lefever ’17 has recently joined as an assistant coach for the Indiana University wrestling program.
“I’m excited to welcome Riley Lefever to our staff,” IU head coach Angel Escobedo said in a report by WANE TV. “Riley had a tremendous career at Wabash College, becoming only the second wrestler in DIII history to win four NCAA titles. Riley also brings international experience to his resume as he trained at Penn State for the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club. Riley will work with our upper weights and will look to help them achieve their goals on and off the mat.”
Lefever, who grew up in Fort Wayne, wrestled at Wabash where he was a four-time DIII National Champion, three times at 184 and once at 197. He posted a 58-6 record at the College, was an independent and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English.
He was a team captain and a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American. Lefever also earned two NCAA DIII Most Domination Wrestler awards and was also a junior national team member in freestyle.
“My wife and I are very excited to return to the Hoosier state and join the Indiana community,” said Lefever, moved to State College, Pa., to train freestyle with the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club for the last five years. “The university and wrestling program has a great group of staff and faculty who are committed to helping the program and the student-athletes achieve success and also create a culture that is comprised of men of character.”