Hagerstown couple owns a piece of The Pack

January 24, 1998


Staff Writer

There are Green Bay Packers fans, and then there are ones that can boast a much closer connection to the team, like Charles and Mary Anne Younkins of Hagerstown.

The Younkinses feel so strongly about the Super Bowl-bound team that they bought stock in them this past Christmas.

Only four times through their history have the Packers offered the public stock in the team.

In the recent offering, Green Bay Packers Inc., has been authorized to issue 10,000,000 shares of stock. The team plans to initially offer 400,000 shares in an attempt to raise about $80 million for upgrades to Lambeau Field, according to Mary Ann Younkins.

The stock does not pay any dividends, and it cannot be sold, said Mary Anne Younkins.

That doesn't seem to matter much to the Younkinses, who bought one $200 share.

It's just knowing that no one can ever do anything with their cherished team, which will take on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXII Sunday in San Diego.


"For some reason, I just took the Packers and stayed with them," said Charles Younkins, recalling his decision decades ago to begin cheering the Wisconsin team.

That has meant plenty of years of ribbing in an area where the Washington Redskins, the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers have followings.

Among the hundred or so people Charles works with at Jamison Door Co. on Maple Avenue, he can only remember a couple who were Packers fans.

"I guess they'll come out of the closet some day," Charles said.

The couple, who grew up in Hagerstown, have been fans since the 1960s. Mary Ann said the reason she was attracted to the Packers was because they were "the" team back then.

But Mary Ann has known the frustrations, too. She went through the 1970s and '80s when the Packers were rarely seen on television, and she complains about lack of media attention locally for the team.

Just the other day, someone took Mary Ann's Green Bay Packers flag off the front porch of their Oak Ridge Drive home as a joke.

But the Younkinses say they are not extreme Packers fans, even though there happened to be some visible traces of green in their home Friday.

"We did get some green plates and yellow cups for Sunday," said Charles.

The couple said they plan to watch the game with their daughter in Hagerstown.

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