09/25/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Who Should Be the 'Goulet?'

This week the American Mustache Institute (AMI) opened nominations for the second annual "Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year."

This honor -- described by the late Walter Cronkite as being "as noble as the Nobel Prize" --
recognizes the most impactful Mustached American of the past year, with the winner tentatively announced Oct. 30 at 'Stache Bash 2009, a benefit for Challenger Baseball, a baseball league for children and adults with disabilities.

Last year's winner of the prestigious 'Goulet' award was retired New York City police detective Tim Galvin, who had received three medals of valor and retired as a captain after being shot in the face and leg while working undercover.

What qualifies someone for this honor? Candidates could be:

- presidential adviser David Axelrod's mustache help propel Barrack Obama into the White House;
- how about a furry lipped teacher who was an important influence;
- Eric Holder is the first U.S. Attorney General with a mustache in 100 years;
- what of the brave and lip curtained U.S. Airways pilot Sully Sullenberger;
- maybe a neighbor with a cookie duster who's always been a generous volunteer;
- pitcher Clay Zavada of the Arizona Diamondbacks;
- actors Brad Pitt or George Clooney for proudly donning mustaches;
- a mouth curtained fireman who was willing to sacrifice his or her life to protect others;
- the entire St. Louis Cardinals team for growing mustaches to push the team into first place;
- FOX's animated Cleveland Brown for receiving his own program on the network;
- or I would be remiss not to suggest a brave member of the U.S. military defending our freedoms overseas.

To nominate a worthy candidate for the 'Goulet' award, simply click here and fill out the form.

Submissions will be accepted until Friday, Oct. 2, and beginning Monday, Oct. 5, online voting will open for a group of finalists selected by AMI‟s certified mustacheologists. Voting will close Friday, Oct. 16. The winner will be named at 'Stache Bash 2009, tentatively scheduled for Friday, Oct. 30 in St. Louis.