April 3, 2013
DEAR ABBY: My hair falls nearly to my waist. Many of my friends, both male and female, have grown out their hair over the years and donated it to cancer charities. While I think it's a beautiful act of selflessness, I have never felt the calling to donate my hair. I have recently been criticized for wanting to keep my long hair for myself and have been called selfish and a hypocrite. Abby, cancer runs in my family. I donate money and volunteer for my local Relay for Life every year.
April 5, 1988 |
I read with interest and chagrin the belly-aching of Michael McShea and Dan Rispo (March 15) who feel miffed because their Catholic school is "teaching them to be gentlemen. " Poor guys! They have to trim their shaggy hair and comply with a dress code which makes them appear neat and clean. They would prefer to dress "casually," according to McShea. This usually means a tank top with suitable obscene logo, a wrinkled army fatigue jacket, jeans (which look like Mom spilled the Clorox bottle on them accidentally)
September 29, 1997
O'Brien's got to part with the hair Michael O'Brien (Guest Opinion, Sept. 16): Grow up and get a job. Being a male with long hair is something you have control over. You compared yourself to African-Americans or Hispanics. Their skin color is out of their control, and cannot be changed. I have been disabled and confined to a wheelchair for over 10 years, yet I have been working and successfully promoted since I was able to go back to work over eight years ago. Sure, there's discrimination out there over many things that people have no control over, but if everyone made up excuses, this country would be a sad place.
October 13, 1996 |
Throw together pyrotechnics and cosmetics, and it was time to "Rock and Roll All Nite. " Three nights, really. Kiss, the 1970s hard-rock group, performed three shows last week at the CoreStates Spectrum. Kiss' tour, one of the biggest attractions in arena rockdom this year, marks the first time the group has played in 13 years. In full makeup, Kiss added to the spectacle with smoking guitars and fireworks. Painted faces. Long hair. Leather outfits. For the fans, the Kiss Army, the concerts were a chance to relive memories of their idols.
January 16, 2012
DEAR ABBY: I'm a 40-year-old female in the military who has been married for a few years. When I got married, I was slim, had a full head of beautiful, long hair and hardly any medical problems. Over the last couple of years I have developed a host of medical issues, all related to the harsh conditions of my deployments. My husband is shorter than I am, thin and three years younger. I have gained more than 40 pounds due to steroid treatments. I had to cut my long hair because it was falling out from stress.
April 20, 2006 |
As a former hippie and career liberal, I think it's my duty to support the younger generation and their various trends and fashions. So, if I'm walking around town and happen to see a young person wearing a brass ring through his nose, rubber plugs in his ears, and The Last Supper tattooed on his upper body, I make a point of smiling warmly, as though I were in complete sympathy with his fashion and political statement. The secret truth is I am not. I simply cannot understand the need to so drastically alter the body to make a statement, when you could just as easily walk into Bloomingdale's, buy a marabou vest, wear it with a kilt and chains, and there you are - and you are not married to it for life.
June 1, 1988 |
Catholic League baseball observers had a rough time last season determining the identity of the talented, somewhat offbeat youngster who now serves as Archbishop Ryan's No. 1 pitcher. With any other Raider, the observers could have asked the fellow to turn around, then looked at his back. Not with Ed Jagaczewski. The lettering, "JAGACZEWSKI" (pronounced Yahg-uh-sheff-skee), was covered by so much hair, you would have thought that Ed had not visited a barbershop in years. And you would have thought right.
June 1, 2010
Opening on Team USA? Dwight Howard said he might not play for USA Basketball at the world championships. It was the first time he has publicly wavered about playing in the games in Turkey scheduled from Aug. 28 to Sept. 12. He'd stayed firm on his commitment even as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and other stars expressed doubts. Howard said he would let USA Basketball know his intentions "soon. " Hair-raising action You may have noticed that Orlando forward Mickael Pietrus was wearing his hair long, and he had good reason.
September 14, 1990 |
During the last school year, Amesha, 11, went to see her sister, Aleema, 9, in a school gymnastics program, and her love and pride were overflowing. "I didn't know she could do that!" she exclaimed. "She's really good!" It was a special treat because the girls live apart; they have, in fact, been in nine homes since coming into foster care. They long to be together. Aleema also would like a big dog to play with, if possible, and a father who could fix a broken bike if her mother wasn't mechanically inclined.
May 23, 2009 |
Think of all the classic, goofy disguises athletes have donned through the years. Bobby Valentine's fake nose and glasses, Mike Schmidt's wig and Dwight Howard's Superman cape immediately come to mind. Ken Clausen went one step further, making his disguise a permanent fixture. Well, sort of. Two summers ago, the Virginia defender decided he'd get a mustache tattooed on his left index finger. Now, Clausen, a high-school all-American lacrosse player at the Hill School in Pottstown and a Downingtown native, can go from clean-shaven to scruffy in an instant simply by lifting his finger above his upper lip. "I got it for people to laugh at or with me," said Clausen, who is a junior at Virginia.