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Mustaches take center stage to promote men’s health

Tribune-Review
| Friday, November 7, 2014 8:57 p.m
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It’s Movember, and for many men across America, that means a month of giving the razor a rest.

The annual movement aimed at increasing awareness for men’s health issues asks participants to let their mustaches grow for the entire month of November. Events are planned around the country in honor of the event, including 5Ks, parties and fundraisers. To date, the Movember community has raised over $550 million and funded more than 800 programs in 21 countries.

Celebrity supporters of Movember have included athletes, reality stars, actors and musicians. Yet, for many celebrities, facial hair is something to be celebrated year-round.

Some men have made mustaches part of their legacy. Would Tom Selleck’s “Magnum, P.I.” have been as popular without his perfect crumb -catcher? Who would Hulk Hogan be without his signature lip-tickler? Albert Einstein, Dr. Phil, even Alex Trebek for a while — all known for their upper-lip hair.

But which hirsute hero is the best of them all? To find out, the American Mustache Institute, based right here in Pittsburgh, is seeking nominations for crumb-catchers worthy of eternal adulation. Through Nov. 30, the general public can visit MustacheHall.com and nominate candidates for the new International Hall of Fame. A committee will then analyze each nominee and name a new class on Feb. 11, the birthday of legendary mustachioed marvel Burt Reynolds.

Adam Paul Causgrove, 30, of Mt. Washington, winner of the 2012 Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year and the institute’s current chairman, says the hall of fame has been a goal of his since the institute moved from St. Louis to Pittsburgh last July.

“We’re going to look at the entire body of work and what the individual has done to set him or herself apart from the mustachioed community,” Causgrove says.

Pardon me. Did you say, “Her?”

“You never know,” Causgrove says.

In its first 24 hours, the contest elicited almost 200 nominations. Causgrove confirms that several were for famed animated prospector Yosemite Sam.

“Cartoons are absolutely in play — anything really promoting mustache lifestyle.”

So what, pray tell, constitutes the “Mustache Lifestyle?”

“Rugged good looks, but with those come a certain degree of responsibility toward one’s community, toward the dance floor and toward tipping generously, Causgrove says. “Those are just some of the things we like to associate with mustached Americans. There’s also great conversationalist, ability to correctly spell almost any word — the list goes on and on.”

For the time being, the hall of fame will exist online only, though Causgrove has full confidence a physical home will be secured in no time.

“Now that it’s coming to fruition, we’ll be able to sit down and listen in earnest as any corporations, organizations or institutions that want to begin bidding to host the Mustache Hall of Fame,” he says.

This November also marks the Steel City Beard and Mustache Club’s annual charity drive for the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. Though not necessarily a Movember-related event, as the club honors men who sport ‘staches year-round, the event offers fun for all who bring toiletries for the shelter to Bigham Tavern on Mt. Washington starting at 6 p.m. Nov. 14, in exchange for a chance to spin the Traveler Beer Co. Prize Wheel and win prizes.

Movember details: us.movember.com

Rachel Weaver is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7948 or rweaver@tribweb.com.

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