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Mass. man wins Hemingway look-alike contest

Monday - 7/2/2012, 6:24pm  ET

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Richard Costello of Chatham bested 86 other entrants in the Virtual "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest staged on the Florida Keys tourism council's Facebook page. (Courtesy Facebook)

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - A Massachusetts restaurateur has won a Facebook-based competition seeking the man who most looks like Ernest Hemingway.

Richard Costello of Chatham bested 86 other entrants in the Virtual "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest staged on the Florida Keys tourism council's Facebook page.

He wins a trip to Key West to compete in a preliminary round of a live "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest. The competition is to be staged at Sloppy Joe's Bar during the island's July 17-22 Hemingway Days festival.

Last week, Facebook users voted for their top choices. Previous Hemingway Look-Alike winners chose 71-year-old Costello from 10 finalists.

Costello decided to let his beard grow out in January and says he often receives comments about his resemblance to the late author.

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Online: Florida Keys Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/floridakeysandkeywest


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