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The old man and the sweater

July 27, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Wearing a wool fisherman's sweater in 90-degree heat, a Texas man won an Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest at a Key West, Fla., festival honoring the late Nobel Prize-winning author.

White-bearded David Douglas, 55, bested 139 other contenders at the "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, staged Saturday night.

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

"It's very possible the sweater did it," a perspiring Douglas said of his victory. "It's about 120 inside the sweater, but it's worth it."

Douglas won the competition on his eighth attempt after originally entering on a dare. A mechanical contractor, he 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," he said.

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