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July 2, 2007

Looking like Luke

Local resident cuts hair, donates to Locks of Love, to portray ‘Star Wars’ character in Midnight Parade

Gary Barclay is revved up and ready for the Midnight Parade. He is committed to making it one of the best parades yet.

That is why he decided to cut off and color his hair —that he has been growing out for the past two years — to make his “Star Wars” float more authentic.

Complete with the Death Star, R2D2, Princess Leia, Yoda, Chewbacca, C3PO, an Ewok made from giant teddy bear, light sabers, an X-Wing fighter pilot, Darth Vader, a Jedi and much more, Barclay said his “Star Wars” float will really stand out.

Barclay will be playing the part of Luke Skywalker which meant cutting off and dying his hair.

Monday, Barclay, 49, who works as a security officer at the Madison County Government Center, went to stylist Debra Butler at JCP Salon in Anderson to get his hair cut off.

As Butler tied Barclay’s hair back in a pony-tail and began to snip off approximately 10 inches, he began tearing up.

“I didn’t think I’d get emotional,” he said. “But it’s hard to have it gone. I read about girls crying when they cut off their long hair. I said that wouldn’t be me and look at me now.”

After Butler finished shaping his new look, Barclay stood from the chair pulling his fingers through his short hair. “It feels a lot lighter,” he said smiling and shaking his head from side to side.

Since Barclay was getting rid of so much hair, he decided to donate the pony tail to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

“I’m a member of the USS Endeavour (the local Star Trek fan club in Madison County) and one of the members told me I should donate my hair,” said Barclay. “I had heard about the organization before so I went on the Internet and read more about them. So, not only is this for the parade, but I’m glad I’m able to help people.”

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