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Bald is beautiful?

My “outfit” is good, but I lack form during the “Hoops for Hope” fundraiser at SUNY Sullivan.
Photo by Carol Montana

September 13, 2012

Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m a teeny bit vain. I do look in a mirror once in a while and practice good hygiene on a daily basis. While I used to be a bit of a clothes horse, that particular aspect of life has changed a bit since my not-so-recent move to the Catskills. While I still enjoy getting gussied up for a special occasion, the relaxed atmosphere of life in the Upper Delaware Valley has allowed me the freedom to dress down far more often and become aware that it’s possible that it might be more character, than clothes, that make the man.

I’m unsure of how much character I may possess, but I’ve been called one on a few occasions. Being the personal assistant to Dharma (the wonder dog) has proved to be a full-time job recently, as her invitations to appear at local events continue to flood my inbox, and fortunately, her groomer is on speed dial. Last Friday, the dog was asked to be a celebrity host of Thunder 102 radio’s second annual “Hoops for Hope” basketball fundraising effort, benefiting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital ( as National Childhood Cancer awareness month continues.

On-air personality Paul Ciliberto personally called Dharma and asked that she attend, while I tapped my foot, waiting for an invitation to tag along. “Oh, and bring Jonathan,” Ciliberto intoned, “we’ll find something for him to do, too.” Nice. As it turned out, the tournament—which was held at the Paul Gerry Fieldhouse at SUNY Sullivan and involved local celebrities competing in a free throw competition that folks sponsored with pledges—was a huge success, and I got the chance to prove (once and for all) that “white men can’t jump.” Jeff Bank’s Jason White gave me some pointers before the crowd arrived, but I suspect that he was attempting to throw me off my game, since my aim was less than perfect and I missed more than I hit the net.

As if designed to show me up, Greg Karpinsky (representing the Wurtsboro Board of Trade) strutted about, glancing balls off of the backboard (is that what it’s called?), joined by Greg Goldstein (from the Misner Agency), Ken Kavanagh (of the Wurtsboro Hogs), Jim Boxberger (Monticello Home and Garden) and Ciliberto himself, who was winded just from slipping into his uniform. If nothing else, I looked good—and everyone was shocked to observe that I own the correct attire (though I prefer to think of it as an “outfit”). Donations were made, fun was had, and although I looked the part, I managed to emcee the game while playing the fool, all for a good cause.

Bald is Beautiful?

Mr. Fox, after reading about your courageous and generous contribution to St. Baldrick's and the kids, this little boon has just been approved by Higher Ups ... As your hair grows back, it will be even more beautiful than ever, and when you next have it styled and cut, every strand that falls to the floor will instantly turn into 23K gold. That's how we take care of our mensches in the Catskills!

A REALLY grateful public thanks you forever for what you did!