Tekes Reunite at Indiana Statehouse
After almost 50 years of friendship, two TKE brothers reunited for an opportunity to relive old times and make new memories at the Indiana Statehouse.
Phil Como traveled to Indianapolis to visit fellow Teke and Indiana State Senator Allen Paul. Frater Paul has served in the Indiana Senate since 1986. The fraters met during their freshman year at Parsons College's Gamma-Pi chapter in 1963. A bond quickly formed between the two men during their time at Parsons, where Paul rose to serve as the chapter's president.
"The friendships that I made through the fraternity are the kind of friendships that anyone would dream of having," Paul said. "Distance and life events have separated us over the years, but it's hard to break bonds like the one I made with Phil."
After graduating, both men decided to join the military and fight in Vietnam. Paul fought with the 1st Army Air Cavalry Division, while Como was a member of the 3rd Marine Amphibious Force. Though the two men were separated, they were joined in their sense of duty and resolve to honorably serve their country.
"My experience as a Marine was an important lesson in public service," Como said. "In Vietnam, we learned how to set aside our differences and fight as a team. I'll never forget my years of service, or those who sacrificed so much."
After leaving the military, both men found success down different paths. Como owned the sales promotion company RotoVision, Inc. for twenty years in New York. Paul, meanwhile, owned the printing company Paul Graphics.
While visiting at the Statehouse, Paul and Como met state leaders, including Gov. Mike Pence. They also talked with a group of Indiana Senate staff and interns about their experience in Vietnam and life in the 1960s.
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