DEAR MISS MANNERS: In recent months it seems that more and more men are growing facial hair in a variety of styles.
I first noticed this when my parish priest returned from a sabbatical with a somewhat unflattering growth of beard. Many professional athletes have beards and long hair. Television ads depict men of all ages wearing beards. Even TV anchormen and their guests have beards.
Do you have any thoughts about what is behind this craze?
GENTLE READER? Well, it could be aesthetics, admiration for historical figures, a need for disguise, a yearning for variety, or any number of things that also motivate ladies to change the way they look. Or inertia -- a powerful force that makes for interesting trends.