Q: Why — at your advanced age — did you decide to grow a mustache?
A: I was asked to. It’s for my role in “Death by Chocolate,” the Fourth annual Firemen’s Ball on July 27 at the Mason Lodge in Grand Forks. It’s a fundraiser for the Fire Hall Theatre. I’ll be playing a detective, and everyone knows all detectives have mustaches.
Q: I didn’t know you could act.
A: Not everyone agrees that I can. By the way, that’s not a question.
Q: Have you had a mustache before?
A: Yes, back in 1973.
Q: How did you look with it then?
A: Stupid. But it was 1973, and we all looked stupid in 1973. All men, anyway.
Q: How long did you have it?
A: I can’t remember, but I think about six months.
Q: Why did you stop wearing it?
A: I was about to audition for a television job, so I shaved it in an effort to look more clean-cut. It may have worked because I got the job.
Q: Anything surprise you about this one?
A: Yes. It grew in faster and much more gray than I expected.
Q: Does it itch?
Q: Do you like it?
Q: Does Ginny like it?
A: She says she does.
Q: Can we see a picture?
Q: Why wouldn’t you just wear a fake one?
A: I don’t know.
Q: Do you intend to keep it?
A: Yes. For about an hour after the performance.