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May 10, 2007 |
I was looking at pictures from your April 28 performance in Columbus, GA and it would appear that you are growing a beard? Please say that this is poor eyesight on my part. I don't mean to be dismissive but it's not going to work. I speak from experience, it's just not going to work!
If your daughter hasn't told you (your wife won't, at least not until someone else does) then you should hear this from an admirer. I feel it my duty. Of course if my eyesight is failing me and you're not growing a beard, then never mind.
I started a beard a few weeks ago and it was on its way to becoming semi-distinguished and then, on a sudden impulse the other day, I had a barber shave it off. It was a grayish beard and similar to one that Kevin Kline grew for "King Lear" and he was my inspiration. His was gray and trim and gave him a sort of moral grandeur that we all aspire to. So I started in and kept at it. I had a beard back in college and then again in the early years of the show. So this was a retro beard. Nobody at home said a word against it, and a few people intimated that they liked it, but of course most people chose to ignore it. They looked at me and thought whatever they thought and decided not to comment. An interesting episode, all in all, to take a long step toward becoming somebody else. The way you do when you put on dark glasses, or a cowboy hat. I may do this again but no time soon.