BLOOMFIELD, Ind. (AP) - A 72-year-old man with eyebrows so long
he brushed them each morning raised $1,600 for charity from people
who paid to take turns trimming his out-of-control brows.
Some of the wiry hairs shorn from Si Burgher's shaggy eyebrows
measured more than three inches long because the former jeweler's
brows had never been trimmed.
Burgher's eyebrows were so long he used to brush them before
leaving the house. But he agreed to have the overgrown brows tamed
last week by members of the Bloomfield Rotary Club to raise money
for a polio eradication campaign.
Burgher barely winced as his wife, Amy, got the first whack at
the overgrown hairs.
"I don't care if they ever grow back," he told The
Herald-Times of Bloomington. "My wife says I look 20 years
Lawyers, bankers and others put up $100 each for their turn to
snip away at Burgher's eyebrows, with the money going to Rotary
International's PolioPlus, which has raised $500 million for polio
eradication in the developing world since 1985.
Burgher's wife said she likes his new look.
"Beneath the eyebrows is a really handsome man," she said.
"He looks like a normal person. I'm going to enjoy it while it
The eyebrow-trimming campaign started last year when Rotary Club
members in the city about 25 miles southwest of Bloomington
wondered aloud what it would take to get Burgher to tame his bushy
brows. Members started bidding for the chance to become snippers at
the club's Christmas dinner.
Burgher said he realized he couldn't back out of the eyebrow
trim because he's donated $7,000 to PolioPlus for vaccines over the