(Todd told Gail Shister at TVNewser that, without the whiskers, he'd be just "another pasty white guy.")
Lo and behold, the whiskers remained, as promised.
As a devotee of my own goatee, I take peculiar pleasure in seeing someone of Todd's stature flout the facial hair line.
Can a man wear a beard in 2009 and not be summarily dismissed as a miscreant, or forlorn beatnik?
Yes he can.