Johnny Holliday's Buzz Cut
Johnny Holliday, voice of the Terps, host of the Nats and all-around broadcasting legend, had a crew cut in high school. Why?
"I mean, we all had crew cuts, all the jocks had to have crew cuts," Holliday told me this morning. "I looked pretty high schoolish."
Holliday, of course, was the starting quarterback and starting shooting guard and star pitcher, and he left school with his name plastered all over North Miami High's record book. "Of course," he noted, "I had all the records because we were the first graduating class, so everything we did was a record."
Anyhow, that was a few years ago, and Johnny hasn't had much in the way of a buzz cut since then. Until this afternoon, when he'll go to a Gaithersburg barber shop and get buzzed for his grandson, 10-year old Jack Rolle, who's currently fighting inoperable cancer on his pituitary gland. With another round of chemo looming, Jack's brothers gave him a buzz cut last week, and today, around 100 people will follow suit at Kentlands Family Barber Shop on 109 Booth Street, near Quince Orchard Boulevard. Cuts cost $15, and all proceeds are going to the Brain Tumor Institute at Children's National Medical Center.
Jack's treatment, which will eventually include a round of radiation in Massachusetts, hasn't stopped him from keeping up with his sports; for example, signing up for a golf camp at Pinehurst. He's also the defending champ of his age group at Congressional, and still looks at grandpa's golf skills with pity.
"I said, 'This is probably the best time to play you, when maybe you're not gonna be up to your game," Johnny recalled. "He says, 'I don't think you can beat me, pa.' "
Anyhow, you can go to the barber shop all day today, and Johnny will be getting his cut around 1, but the real event starts at 7. Fellow MASN guy Ray Knight is also getting buzzed this afternoon, so I asked Johnny what tonight's set would look like.
"I'm not getting mine all the way, but I'll get it very, very short," he said. "It doesn't mean people have to get all their hair shaved completely off to look as wonderful as you look; they can cut as much as they want to....I don't know what we're going to look like. But MASN says you go ahead and do that for your grandson, and that's what we're gonna do. The great thing is, it'll grow back."
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