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FROM HAIR TO ETERNITY
Franz Lidz
December 10, 1990
YOU CAN'T BECOME A SPORTS IMMORTAL, SAYS DON KING, WITHOUT FOLLICLES OF FABULOUS FECUNDITY
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December 10, 1990

From Hair To Eternity

YOU CAN'T BECOME A SPORTS IMMORTAL, SAYS DON KING, WITHOUT FOLLICLES OF FABULOUS FECUNDITY

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SI: Hemingway was alleged to be a bald-head freak.

King: Margaux or Mariel?

SI: Ernest.

King: What's the name of his hair book?

SI: To Have and Have Not?

King: I must have been thinking of the one he wrote about arms.

SI: I think A Farewell to Hair was just a working title.

King: Indubitably.

SI: Actually, Hemingway shaved his head twice. Once after he got lice in Turkey, and another time on a safari in Africa.

King: Hemingway was a very excellent writer, and his works are certainly historical. He had a brilliant mind, so naturally his hair would have grown to great lengths. That kind of brainpower makes your hair grow. So being a perceptive and ingenious young man, Hemingway readily perceived that the Africans in the bush kept their hair short to avoid problems caused ~by having to go through the vines and leaves and twigs. Imagine all the bugs that might have cohabitated in his hair, making nests in that hot heat. In Africa, there is no long hair. Only in Shakespeare's Egypt do you find the long, flowing locks of Antony and Cleopatra.

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