By Art Holliday
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - No one sets out to be bald, but there's no need to be a head case about it on October 14, "Bald and Free Day," a day to celebrate baldness.
Around 35 million men in the U.S. are bald, including former basketball superstar Michael Jordan, and actors Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and Vin Diesel.
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Bald nation deserves a hair holiday, although "Bald and Free Day" doesn't seem to be well-known.
"No one told me, so thank you for telling me," said J.D. Perona. "I can celebrate tonight."
"I woke up one day and I noticed there wasn't as much hair on top of my head as there used to be," said Mark Crask. "That's usually how it starts. Hair today, gone tomorrow."
Male patterned baldness set in several years ago for Stephan Rhodes.
"I said 'There's a recession, and I'm not talking about the economy,'" said Rhodes. "My hairline started to go and I thought 'Either I move with it, or look kinda weird.'"
Perona was in Forest Park taking a family photo with his wife and two children. Perona was the one with a totally shaved head, along with some follicle philosophy.
"For the upside, I don't have to comb my hair and I don't have to worry about the wind and getting it messed up, that kind of stuff," he said.
People sometimes feel compelled to comment or joke about baldness, but in the words of the late actor Telly Savalas, "We're all born bald, baby!"
"Ever since high school, people telling me I'm going to be bald," said Perona. "All of my friends made fun of me from the very beginning."
No need to be blue about being bald, because bald to the bone is a bold statement.
"If you're bald, embrace it," said Rhodes. "It's beautiful and obviously you're in good company."