In 1957 Duke Pollard submitted a riveting piece to the Pelican Annual in which he heavily criticised the beards of lecturers and undergraduates of the University College of the West Indies. In a grossly disgusted tone, he questions the necessity of a beard and sought to dissuade the practice. Pollard paints pictures of lecturers’ beards resembling the wild – a habitat for animals. His imagination even led him to consider the obtrusiveness of the beard in an intimate setting.
His spunky remarks were, however, met with witty sarcasm from the staff. I will not delay you any longer, a very good laugh awaits you.