Jerry's View: He always wanted a dimpled chin

Editors Note: Our publisher Jerry Robinson passed away on May 30 of this year. Here's a column he wrote for the White Center News in 1954

By Jerry Robinson

When the magazines are old I enjoy a barber who can supply conversation with the cut. This situation is not too difficult to find in most shops. The loquacity of barbers is well known. What makes a man who cuts hair so
well informed on so many subjects is anybody’s guess. Perhaps they are good listeners, too.

Glenn Coley, gaunt but not forgotten clipper at Clyde Hutto’s White Center Barber Shop, is both. But the other day I got him talking about barbers in general and himself in particular.

Glenn learned to cut hair in barber college in San Francisco during the depression. The first day they put him in the “free” room and he went to work shaving a skid roader. He had never shaved anyone but himself
but was doing okay til he came to the point on the man’s chin. As he came around the curve he lost control and took a chunk out of his victim. The guy didn’t even bat an eye. Just said, “that’s okay, I always wanted a dimple there, anyway.” In fact, he liked the dimple so much he came back each day, even after the young barber moved up to the two bit room and had Coley manicure his face and head.

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