Movember 2013

A hair-brained idea turned global phenomenon

The Jacksonville Moustache Hall of Fame is dedicated to the memory of Ottis Dewey "Slim" Whitman Jr.—and his pencil-thin mustache.

IN MEMORIAM: Throughout his country singing and yodeling (yes, yodeling) career, which earned him a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame, Slim Whitman was known as "The Smiling Starduster." Judging from that sweet 'stache of his, "The Smiling Cookieduster" might have been a better name.
For 30+ years, investigative reporter Ken Amaro has been "On Your Side." And so has his moustache.
With his unorthodox wind-up, Jacksonville pitcher Collin Cargill might not make it to the major leagues. But the kid sure knows how to rock a 'stache.
Many would agree District 2 At-Large City Councilman John Crescembeni has already earned the distinction of "distinguished gentlemen" because of his demeanor and decorum at City Council meetings. Sporting a well-groomed 'stache above his voting hole sure doesn't hurt.
Eddie Farah and Chuck Farah aren't just partners in a law firm: They're also fellow moustache advocates. Admittedly, younger brother Chuck's soup strainer is fuller and more luxurious than Eddie's, but everyone knows, Eddie is the true face (and 'stache) of the business.
Throughout his ABA and NBA careers, Artis Gilmore always sported a 'stache (sometimes complemented with a soul patch, full beard, long sideburns and/or afro)—even when he played for Jacksonville University more than 40 years ago. It's to the point where fans wonder if he has an upper lip at all.
You might not know Devon Holcombe by name, but he holds the distinction of being the only JMHOF inductee to receive national recognition for his soup strainer: Holcombe won the natural mustache category at 2013 Just for Men National Beard and Moustache Championships.
He's a multibillion-dollar businessman and visionary philanthropist, not to mention the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Fulham Football Club, but Shad Khan may be best known for his perfectly coiffed handlebar. No matter the wind speed, humidity or Jaguars-induced flop sweat, there is never a hair out of place. It's like moustache miracle taking place every day on his face.
Granted, the graying caterpillar sitting on Sheriff John Rutherford's face meets the requirements of a "cop 'stache," but out of respect for the longtime lawman, let's refer to it by its more accurate name: the top cop 'stache.
It's not that there's anything particularly remarkable about Johnny Van Zant's lip brow, per se. But the Lynyrd Skynyrd front man's shaggy look epitomizes Southern rock and should include all moustachioed members of Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, .38 Special and Rossington Collins Band.
As the only female and non-human inductee, Jesse, the cat, who was up for adoption earlier this year, should receive special acclaim for her follicular feat, especially since she has no opposable thumbs and couldn't shave it off even if she wanted to.
Which brings us to the inaugural member of the Jacksonville Moustache Hall of Shame...

Mayor Alvin Brown's election in 2011 was historic as he became the first black mayor in Jacksonville's history, but moustache fans can't help but take offense that he did so without his beloved lip sweater.

Kerry Speckman shares her unique perspective and observations on people, places and events on the First Coast and beyond. She's also the 2012 winner of Jacksonville Dancing With the Stars, so she's got that going for her.

Ten years ago, 30 Australian friends decided to do something to raise awareness and funding for men's health issues, including testicular cancer, prostate cancer and mental illness. Their bright idea was to start November clean shaven and grow (or attempt to) a moustache (or reasonable fascimile thereof) for 30 days. Serving as walking billboards to promote the cause, they would also raise money in the process.

Today, Movember has more than 1.1 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas, their female supporters, around the world, including a local chapter ( To help promote the cause locally, as well as recognize some of the city's most famous moustaches, I am officially announcing the Jacksonville Moustache Hall of Fame. From athletes and attorneys to politicians and a pussy cat, they wear their lip sweaters proudly—and most likely, without even realizing it—supporting the Movember cause year-round, while encouraging others to do the same.

To see the inaugural class of the Jacksonville Moustache Hall of Fame, click on the photo gallery above. And if I missed anyone, let me know if the comments section below.

As for me, I would love to support the Movember cause by growing a moustache of my own but am unable to do so (thanks to the invention of electrolysis). Instead, I have decided not to shave my legs for the entire month of November. I don't think my cats will mind.

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