Geraldo Rivera Reaches Life's Dream: Among 10 Finalists For 2013 Goulet Award

10/08/2013 06:58 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

After being turned away by Duquesne University for his strapping libido, Geraldo Rivera may finally get his due after being named one of 10 finalists for the American Mustache Institute 2013 Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year award.

In it's sixth year, the Goulet award is often confused as a "best mustache" contest, but instead recognizes the person "best contributing to the sexually dynamic Mustached American lifestyle" over the past year. The winner will be announced at AMI's 'Stache Bash 2013 Presented by Wahl Trimmers on October 26 in Pittsburgh.

"The Goulet award finalists are a best-in-class of the past year's Mustached American people," AMI Chairman Dr. Adam Paul Causgrove said of the Goulet award, which in recent years the award has been called on par with the Nobel Prize for Peace by astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. "Some 900 other worthy candidates were left on the cutting room, but come 'Stache Bash 2013 in Pittsburgh, we will crown a deserving winner and toast their greatness."

In addition to the cocksure Rivera, the 2013 finalist pool -- which you can see in full here - includes fellow-journalists Ron Burgundy and Brian Fantana; woodworker and master craftsman Dave Stine; Boston bombing suspect nabber David Henneberry; National Hockey League's Mike Brown of the Edmonton Oilers, and the annual animated finalist -- Cartoon Network's Uncle Grandpa.

The Goulet  award honors the late and legendary Robert Goulet, whose voice, trademark mustache, sense of humor, and black leather jackets represented a quadruple-threat of talent the American Mustache Institute is proud to salute.

Past winners include Orlando-area firefighter Brian Sheets, former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Clay Zavada, retired New York City police detective Tim Galvin, and in 2011, current St. Louis Cardinals pitcher John Axford (read their stories here).

'Stache Bash 2013 is the American Mustache Institute's annual costume-heavy music and mustache celebration, this year benefitting Steps to Independence, a Pittsburgh-area not-for-profit focused on Conductive Education for children with motor disabilities such as cerebral palsy.