CINCINNATI (AP) The first man to walk on the moon used to come into
Marx's Barber Shop in Lebanon about every month for a trim.
That stopped when Neil Armstrong learned that owner Marx Sizemore picked
up some of the former astronaut's hair from the floor of his shop and
sold it for $3,000 to a Connecticut collector
Selling such hair....the "floor sweepings" from barber shops and
salons...has been going on for centuries. There are industries such as
the felt industry, wig industry, etc...
But, to be fair, Mr. Armstrong is the modest type who just does not like
public attention, nor commercialization of his identity. Years ago, our
local school district wanted to name their newly-built "science academy"
after Mr. Armstrong; but he refused permission. Good decision, as I
personally feel it is *stupid* to name something after a still-living
person. Imagine, if fifteen years ago...the populace of Buffalo, NY; had
decided to rename their sports stadium the "O.J. Simpson Stadium"...lol.
So, Mr. Armstrong had every right to *not* want his hair sold...but there
is nothing dishonest, nor disrespectful, in selling such hair, either.
Be it selling it to the wig-makers, or selling "a lock of Elvis" on E-Bay...
Now, one can object to selling such things, in general, if it is a matter
of "honesty". For example, many athletes refuse to give autographs, even to
kids, because many of these kids are often "planted shills", placed by the
professional sellers. Plus, when finding such an item for sale, there is
really no way to guarantee its authenticity. The infamous "Certificate of
Authenticity" is meaningless. So, to object to selling one's name, for
these reasons, is okay, in my opinion.
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I dunno Len. It's not like Neil would have picked up his hair
and taken it with him. He left it behind, on the barbershop
floor, for the barber to dispose of. Presumably, he didn't
specify to the barber how he was to dispose of it.
So what if the barber got paid for the discarded hair. What's
that got to do with Neil? What if the barber gets paid for big
bags of generic, swept up hair that someone uses to make wigs or
some such thing? Would Neil have complained then, if his hair
was mixed in with the rest and sold to a wig maker?
Len Lekx wrote:
Almost certainly not. The hair, AS HAIR, is useful in only the most
prosaic way - it's really the name and connection to celebrity that the
barber sold. Stripped of that, the hair sample is just - hair.
I think Neil Armstrong made the right call. He is a very private
individual and that should be respected. However I sure wish I could
meet him someday. The highlight of my career at Kmart was meeting Alan
That was a great day.
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