20 Mustaches that Molded History: Part IV
It’s the final countdown; now we reveal the top 5 mustaches of all time!
5 – BURT REYNOLDS
“Since 1970, really since he finished ‘Deliverance,’ Burt Reynolds has been a leader in American mustache culture and a consistent idol for young mustached Americans.” -AMI Chairman Aaron Perlut
4 – REGGIE JACKSON
No baseball player had worn a mustache during a regular-season game since the 1940s when Satchel Paige wore facial hair, and in 1971 when Reggie Jackson came to spring training wearing a mustache for the Oakland A’s, his mustache inspired the team to have its players grow mustaches and thus became a trend that spread across not just the A’s, but across Major League Baseball and sports during the ’70s and ’80s. So Reggie Jackson is the father of the modern-day mustache in sports.” -AMI Chairman Aaron Perlut
3 – PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT
President Roosevelt’s mustache brings a lot of prowess to the table. no only was he one of the two last presidents to wear a mustache he is also forever enshrined in Mt. Rushmore. The power of the labia sebucula (Latin for Lip Sweater) will always be remembers as one of the most monumental mustaches in history.
2 – DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
“Dr. Martin Luther King wore a mustache most of his adult life. While we can’t give his ‘stache all the credit in the Civil Rights movement, it certainly had its place. We won’t think of the most influential leader in black America without a mustache.
1 – WALTER CRONKITE
“Walter Cronkite really inspired a culture of mustached newsmen. He took over the chair for CBS in 1962, and in the 1970s it was hard to find an anchor in local or national television who was not wearing a mustache. And understand that, during the ’70s especially, our news that was delivered to us, all the information that was delivered to us, was delivered by the most trusted man in American news. We came home from work and Walter Cronkite told us what was happening. He was the most trusted American and also happened to be a Mustached American, and when he retired in 1981 it also coincided with Americans fleeing the mustache as a fashion accoutrement.” – AMI Chairman Aaron Perlut