I am all for the “Aretha hat”‘going to the Smithsonian. Preferably in the same room as Archie’s chair, Fonzie’s jacket and Liberace’s piano. (Do they have Liberace’s piano?) No disrespect to the Queen Of Soul but, it is just pop culture symbol not the Magna Carta.
I assume it would be a donation, right? There is a chance that Aretha Franklin won’t give it up for sentimental reasons. Which is understandable. Though it points out how different her world is from mine.