Wayne Raffesberger has a Hemingway-esque beard, and although he doesn’t admit it, he’s quite a Hemingway fan. (He has a six-toed cat named Ernie, OK?) Last year, Wayne brought his beard, photos of him with his cat, and a picture of himself climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro (as in The Snows of Kilimanjaro) from his Southern California home to Key West and entered Sloppy Joe’s “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest. He didn’t win. But in this story, he tells us all about the competition. Check it out, and if you’re in the mood for a Key West road trip, you’ll find the schedule for the 2012 Hemingway Days Festival, July 17-22, along with his story.
Photo: Finalists in the 2011 contest. Credit: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau