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Sex and the Single Razor Blade

by Bill Alley, Broadcast Host, Producer & Beard Advocate

Messages, thoughts, sugges-tions, demands: they're all around us. Some are subtle, disguised in such a way that the mind may remember the surface message but some-thing just below detection is whispering a “hook.” In the 1970s we read the ground-breaking book Subliminal Seduction whose premise was the message disguised in a straight-forward advert would raise our libido. The 70s bold, pop culture and Plus love attitude gave us ice cubes in a glass with a distorted naked woman “just visible enough.” Advertisers proudly proclaimed “sex sells!” Today’s very suggestive and open sexual overtones in music and visuals show no lack of sales. The trick works.

In the 60s we had the Noxema Girl, a steamy sensuous femme fatal who was the Swedish bombshell model Gunella Knutsson which was given 60 seconds to sing a sultry song (augmented from the instrumental tune The Stripper) about how a man could achieve his own piece of sexual chic, with a line of the lyrics belting out: “The closer you shave, the more you need Noxema!”...  Click gray dot for full article.

Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston Brings Beard to PGA Championship

by Kevin Armstrong, New York Daily News

Andrew Johnston, a bon vivant who sports a thick beard on his face and belly out over his white belt, walks the grounds at Baltusrol with the gait of a golfing Falstaff.

He lunches with friend John Daly, rides in a courtesy Benz and plays basketball off site. He notes that he “tricked the ball really well” at Royal Troon to finish eighth in the British Open despite hitting “the biggest shank you’ll ever see” on the par-5 fourth.

He also prefers a cooler climate than tem-peratures that climb to 90 degrees, but insists no trim will come as he pursues a Wanamaker Trophy. Johnston needs no adjusting.

“The beard’s the beard, man,” he says. “You’ve got to deal with it.” Click gray dot for full article.

A significant number of men who have grown facial hair say that the inspiration came from photographs of generational relatives. Some of them have elder men in life that became their inspiration. Elder whis-kered men know the kind of bond that grows in the lives of their grandchildren.

Grand-dads: if you have grandkids, this experience should be embraced. You have been chasing hair growing out of odd places for some time now (most likely); put the whiskers to work and see a manly transformation take place. For the grandsons and granddaughters, teaching them about the importance of facial hair being a man's natural appearance will help them embrace whiskers as stately and a source of wise maturity (how older men were perceived over many centuries). With the liberation of tossing the razor, the joy of this transformation can add relevance and tradi-tion to the whiskered men of old who adorned your family tree.



A September to Remember: What Finally Made Me Grow
a Beard

by Bill Alley, Broadcast Host, Producer & Beard Advocate


The month of September holds big significances. Two anni-versaries are celebrated which define personal achievements. The first goes back to this month in 1977 while a Sophomore pursuing a Broadcast and History major at Curry College—a small but important media learning institution just outside Boston, Massachusetts. That was the month this voice got to hit the airwaves on the campus facility known as WMLN-91.1FM. The 10-watt transmitter (yes, slightly more than Christmas Tree lights) got a chunk of audience potential in Boston and suburban Dedham, Randolph, Quincy and Milton; over 300,000 people could listen in. Small, but top-market—not too shabby.

There are photos in the Currier yearbook of the mous-tached man of that era, and my face got plenty of recognition. Two of the highlights at WMLN were the state elections which replaced Governor Michael Dukakis [D] with Bill Weld [R]; I ran coverage from Quincy City Hall where most of Boston’s elite news media reported details. We scooped the rest in announcing first the official results and declaration of Weld’s victory. As Station Manager, we also performed extensive and even life-saving coverage of the Big Blizzard in February 1978; a nor’easter (ocean based storm which creates huge waves, precipitation and winds) quickly crippled drivers on roads nearby during evening rush hour. For drivers along Boston’s famed ‘ring road’ Route 128, cars became frozen in place. Our reporters were on hand helping stranded motorists get to the nearest warm area (a Howard Johnson’s restaurant) while phoning in the best storm coverage in the area. A record 33 inches of snow fell in 1.5 days, and for over a week we were continually digging out. I had my own vehicle buried behind a dorm, and the meltdown finally exposed the roof of the car in April. The Moustache often was adorned with a warm scarf... to keep the whiskers from forming an ice dam. Click gray dot for full article.

The Lion of Cricket


W.G. Grace (1848-1915) was perhaps the most famous all-round cricketer ever, scoring over 8,000 runs and taking more than 800 wickets from 1873-1886. He was also noted for his enormous beard.