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Bin Laden Caught, Ephrata Teacher Shaves Beard
Bin Laden Caught, Ephrata Teacher Shaves Beard

 

(To see video of the story click here http://www.kxly.com/localvideo/index.html?v=25599

While America waited nearly 10 years to find Osama bin Laden, Ephrata teacher Gary Weddle has waited nearly 10 years to shave his beard.

"I started it on September 11 ... that day," Weddle says. "I never thought it would last this long."

On that day Weddle watched, transfixed, as terrorists - directed and financed by Osama bin Laden - flew planes into the World Trade Center, Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.

"It was horrifying," he says.

For two days he ate little and slept even less. He was so engaged in the continuing coverage of the greatest tragedy in American history that he didn't shave.

Then, amid his patriotic grief and anger, Weddle had an idea; a way to ensure people remembered 9/11 every time they looked at him.

"I decided not to shave until we caught or killed Osama bin Laden."

And so, Gary Weddle stopped shaving.

"I figured it would last 6 months," he says, looking back.

But bin Laden proved elusive; six months turned into a year, then 2 years, then 5 years. Bin Laden was still on the loose.

"I thought I might be buried with the beard," Weddle says.

Then finally, in the 10th year since 9/11, in the 10th year since Gary Weddle's face had last seen a razor, it happened: U.S. forces found and killed Osama bin Laden.

"So, I spent about 3 minutes crying," Weddle said. "Then I went to the bathroom and I just tied the thing off, grabbed scissors and started hacking away."

Within minutes the beard was gone.

Gary Weddle is, perhaps, more happy than most that Osama bin Laden is now gone.

"I did not anticipate it would take 10 years."

(To see video of the story click here http://www.kxly.com/localvideo/index.html?v=25599

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