2008-05-31 / Top News

Rausch Named Best Hemingway Look-a-Like

Scott Rausch with Valerie Hemingway, daughter-in-law of Ernest Hemingway. Mr. Rausch won a Ernest Hemingway look-a-like contest in Saginaw April 29. Mrs. Hemingway wrote a book about her famous father-in-law, "Running With the Bulls, My Years With the Hemingways." (Photograph from Scott Rausch) Scott Rausch with Valerie Hemingway, daughter-in-law of Ernest Hemingway. Mr. Rausch won a Ernest Hemingway look-a-like contest in Saginaw April 29. Mrs. Hemingway wrote a book about her famous father-in-law, "Running With the Bulls, My Years With the Hemingways." (Photograph from Scott Rausch) Scott Rausch of Frankenmuth and Mackinac Island thinks he looks like Ernest Hemingway, and he has the judges of a look-a-like contest in Saginaw to back him up. He beat 25 other Hemingway look-a-likes at "A Night With the Hemingways" contest at Saginaw's Temple Theatre April 29. About 500 people attended.

Mr. Rausch was dressed in a plain T-shirt, a Sloppy Joes baseball cap, and sported and a full, well-groomed white beard.

"I'm Ernest at age 50," said Mr. Rausch. "I like rum, and my favorite bar in Key West is Sloppy Joes, one of Hemingway's old haunts. I also have cats, and I enjoy fishing."

Mr. Rausch enjoys reading and writing during his spare time.

Deciding who would win the contest came down to stage presence and the person's connection to the audience, said Lee-Perry Belleau, one of the contest judges and community director and playwright at the Saginaw theater.

A special guest at the contest was Mr. Hemingway's daughter-in-law, Valerie Hemingway, who married his son, Gregory. She is also the author of a new book, "Running with the Bulls, My Years With the Hemingways."

Ernest Hemingway, a Pulitzer and Nobel prize winner, died at age 61 in July 1961. He often spent vacations in northern Michigan, enjoying hunting and fishing.

With Saginaw accolades in hand, Mr. Rausch is eyeing the grand prize, the annual Ernest Hemingway look-a-like contest in Key West, Florida.

He and his wife, Debbie, own Anne Cottage, across from the marina on Main Street.

Attending the Saginaw contest with the Rauschs were friends Kim and Chris Braeutigam.

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