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Texas man wins Hemingway look-alike contest 德州男子贏得 海明威模仿大賽冠軍


A 55-year-old Texan wearing the requisite white beard won an Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest — one of the highlights of a six-day annual festival honoring the late Nobel Prize-winning author.

In the face of stiff competition for the title, David Douglas of Cypres had an ace up his sleeve — a wool fisherman’s turtleneck sweater that he wore despite 32ºC temperatures. He bested 139 other contenders at the “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, staged at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, the author’s favorite watering hole.

Douglas’ attire emulated Hemingway’s appearance in a famous 1957 photograph by Yousuf Karsh.

“It’s very possible the sweater did it,” said a perspiring Douglas of his victory. “It’s about 120ºF (49ºC) inside the sweater, but it’s worth it.”

Douglas won the competition on his eighth attempt after originally entering on a dare.

The mechanical contractor said he shares Hemingway’s fondness for fishing and cocktails, but has no literary aspirations.

“I haven’t written any books, but I’m good writing checks and text messaging,” Douglas said.

Other Hemingway Days events included literary and theatrical presentations, a marlin tournament and a short story competition coordinated by author and Hemingway granddaughter Lorian Hemingway.

July 21 was the 110th anniversary of Hemingway’s birth.

Judged by a panel of former look-alike winners, 30 prospective “Papas” made the contest finals to parade across the stage at Sloppy Joe’s. Finalists included Denis Golden of Rockport, Massachusetts, who sang a parody of “Hello, Dolly” onstage with lyrics pleading for victory.

While living in Key West during the 1930s, Hemingway wrote some of his most famous works, including For Whom the Bell Tolls, To Have and Have Not and Death in the Afternoon. (AP)














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