Osama death lets teacher shave for first time since 9/11

2011-05-04 07:56

San Francisco – A Washington state school teacher who vowed not to shave until the apprehension of Osama bin Laden has cut off his beard after nearly 10 years.

Gary Weddle (50) stopped shaving after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and vowed not to shave until terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was captured or killed.

He originally thought it would take six months, but as the hunt for Bin Laden stalled, Weddle became resigned to keeping the beard forever.

“I thought I might be buried with it, that he may have eluded us indefinitely,” Weddle told local station KXLY in his hometown of Ephrata in Washington state.

The science teacher said he wept when he heard that Bin Laden had been killed, and then he “couldn’t get (the beard) off fast enough.”

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