While the American Mustache Institute continues to work with City of Pittsburgh officials on finding a permanent physical location for the International Mustache Hall of Fame, the organization has embarked on a lending program placing official inductee portraits in strategic locations across the U.S.
And after considering solicitations from various organizations and exotic locales world-over, last week the oil painting of 2016 Mustache Hall of Fame inductee Steve Prefontaine found a permanent home inside Fleet Feet Pittsburgh, which will serve as the final repository for this veritable piece of Mustached American history.
“Fleet Feet is a mainstay of the Pittsburgh running scene, and their enthusiasm was unparalleled,” noted Dr. Adam Paul Causgrove, American Mustache Institute CEO. ”When owner Rob Schooer said he would be like to match the $250 donation the American Mustache Institute was making to PUMPed to Run — a local program that works with individuals living in various shelters throughout the city to make a positive impact on their lives — it sealed the deal.”
Schooer took Fleet Feet’s ownership of the Prefontaine portrait a step further when he insisted that formal shorts would be the only apparel permitted for the ceremony placing the painting in the location.
A fixture in the tight-shorts-wearing 1970s sports and sexual dynamism scene, the late Steve Roland “Pre” Prefontaine was an American middle and long distance runner who competed in the 1972 Olympics alongside legendary Mustached American Olympian Mark Spitz. His contribution to modern-day running, in fact, is so ingrained that one of the ceremony attendees sported an exceptionally mustached thigh tattoo of Pre which was notably approved of by all in attendance.
At day’s end, Prefontaine’s official portrait found a home, a well-deserving charity received an influx of funding to help their mission, and the obscenely handsome and sexually dynamic mustached American lifestyle was celebrated.
“It was a good day,” Dr. Causgrove said with a sigh. “A good day indeed.”