I've had a beard since I was released from the service in 1971. I did shave it off for one brief period, but during that period I passed my mother in the grocery store and she didn't recognize me until I spoke.
After that I grew it back and never shaved it off again. Now they tell me that women don't like beards. So says a recent study that contradicts other recent studies about facial hair.
The purpose of the new series of print ads from Boy Scouts of America is to convey how scouting skills can transform youngsters from boys into full-bearded men.
However, there is something unsettling about seeing beards that would make Kimbo Slice or Zach Galifianakis jealous on the faces of boys still too young to need a razor.