Lions on prowl for #8216;Ugliest Man#039;

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The posters appearing around town tell the story. There's a wanted man on the streets of Greenville, and he's none too pretty to look at.

Fox-TV may have its &#8221American Idol,“ but Greenville and Q-94 Radio have the corner on the ugliest man.

Yes, it's that time of year again, time for local citizens to cast their vote for the city's most unattractive male citizen as part of the Greenville Lions Club &#8221Radio Day.“

Radio Day, slated for Wednesday, October 26, is the civic organization's only fundraiser – &#8221a fun event for a good cause,“ Lion Herbert Morton said.

During the event, the Greenville Lions &#8221take over the airwaves“ of Q-94 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., sharing trivia questions and a chance for listeners to win fun prizes.

Members also read ads sponsored by local businesses throughout the day. The Ugliest Man Contest is part of the fun.

The civic organization has racked up a long and illustrious list of previous &#8221Ugliest Men“ winners, Lion Herbert Morton said.

&#8221Among our past winners are such luminaries as Dr. Bill Hamilton, Dr. Marvin Hewlett, Bobby Terrell, Arnold Boggan, Dr. Norman McGowin – a truly exemplary figure of an ‘ugliest man,' I must say –

J.T. Simmons, David Norrell, Dr. Bob Crosby, Ralph Stacy, Roger Landsdon, and Dr. Everett Snow,“ Morton said.

To cast your vote for Greenville's Ugliest Man, call 371-UGLY (371-8459). A list of finalists will be announced during Radio Day, allowing local listeners to phone in and vote for their choice as &#8221top dog.“

Funds raised by ads sold to businesses and individuals go to several noteworthy projects on local, national and international levels, Morton said.

&#8221Of course, our primary mission is sight saving. Some of these monies go to guide dogs for the blind programs and other worthwhile sight-related projects. We also help local people who are in need of eye exams, as well as support children in need of restorative facial surgery through UAB,“ Morton said.

A booth will also be set up at this weekend's Blues Fest allowing you to cast your vote for Greenville's &#8221Ugliest Man.“

&#8221We appreciate everyone's support of this endeavor and encourage you to &#8221think ugly“ this week,“ Morton said.