The International Mustache Hall of Fame, an endeavor of the American Mustache Institute and Wahl Grooming to canonize the superior attractiveness of people of facial hair, today unveiled its inaugural class featuring mustache luminaries Tom Selleck, Dr. Martin Luther King, Salvador Dali, President Theodore Roosevelt, Rollie Fingers and others.
"This is perhaps the most deeply satisfying moment of my career," said John Oates, an inaugural inductee and one half of the legendary rock duo Hall & Oates. "After starting in Philly, who knew what we'd achieve? And behind only our induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, this could be one of the greatest honors of my life."
The Hall celebrates the long-standing rugged attractiveness of the global people of mustache and works to combat the discrimination of those who adopt and embrace the lifestyle of facial hair.
"On this day commemorating 85 years since the passing of our last American president of Mustached American heritage -- William Howard Taft -- we say a hearty 'you're welcome' to the global facial hair community," said Dr. Adam Paul Causgrove, chief executive of the American Mustache Institute, at an event introducing the inaugural class at Pittsburgh City Hall. "Enshrinement into the Hall is perhaps the most arduous yet ruggedly attractive achievement among its peer organizations, and we hope it sets the tone for handsomeness moving forward."
The inaugural class of 27 inductees -- a full list of which can be found at MustacheHall.com -- features facial hair luminaries from categories including Politics & Leadership (Taft), Historical Figures (George Washington Carver), Film & Television (Burt Reynolds), Sports (Hulk Hogan), Music & Arts (John Oates) and Animated (Yosemite Sam).
While the International Mustache Hall of Fame will initially be virtual, a search for a physical location is underway in Pittsburgh in partnership with city officials and rumors are swirling that the Heinz History Center is interested playing host.
"It's certainly an option," added Dr. Causgrove. "Ketchup and mustaches go together like sausage and deliciousness."
Enshrinement into the Hall follows a deeply scientific process overseen through a partnership between the Dept. of Nuclear Mustacheology at the American Mustache Institute, the German-based Bertelsmann Foundation, the British-based Science and Technology Policy Research Institute and Wahl Trimmers, the Official Sponsor of Facial Hair and inventor of arguably the most significant invention to mankind, the consumer electric trimmer.
Nominations for the 2nd class will begin in late Summer 2015.