The Art of Manliness Man of the Year 2008 Sponsored by Old Spice

by Brett & Kate McKay on October 19, 2008 · 18 comments

in Blog, Featured, Man of the Year

We all know men in our lives who represent what’s best about manliness. The live their lives quietly and with great dignity and honor. They work hard, do their best to be good husbands and fathers, and they serve their community and their country. Sadly, this type of man rarely gets any recognition for his example of true manhood. Honorable manliness has ceased to be celebrated.

The Art of Manliness and Old Spice would like to change that.

AoM is teaming up with Old Spice in presenting the First Annual Art of Manliness Man of the Year Award. Our goal is find a man who represents the ideals that The Art of Manliness represents. We want to honor this man and give him $2,000 in cash. And you’re going to help us.

Who is the Art of Manliness Man of the Year?

The Art of Manliness Man of the Year isn’t a celebrity or a national hero, he’s a regular guy, a man who:

  • Looks out for and is loyal to his friends and family.
  • Does the right thing, even when it’s not convenient.
  • Serves and gives back to his community.
  • Sacrifices for the good of others.
  • Works hard and never complains.
  • Has a confident swagger, but isn’t a pompous jerk.
  • Has a sense of humor but doesn’t cut people down.
  • Embraces instead of shirks responsibility.

The Selection Timelines

From October 20, 2008 until November 9, 2008, we’ll be accepting nominations for the award. Nominations are open to anyone and everyone.

An editorial staff will whittle down the nominees to 10 manly finalists. Starting November 24, 2008 and running until December 13, 2008 voting will open to the public at The Art of Manliness website. The finalist with the most votes will be named The Art of Manliness Man of the Year.

The Award

First and foremost, receiving the honor of being Man of the Year is an award in itself. But we want to do more for the Art of Manliness Man of the Year. That’s why we’re giving this paragon of manliness a $2,000 cash prize. That’s right. The Grand Prize for the Man of the Year is $2,000 in cold hard cash. He’ll also get a manly gift basket filled with 12 Old Spice deodorants and 12 Old Spice body washes.

The 9 other finalists won’t be walking away empty handed. They’ll also be given an assortment of products from Old Spice.

How to Nominate

Do you know someone you think should be Man of the Year? Fill out and submit this online nomination form by November 9, 2008. You’ll be required to give the nominee’s name, age, and location. Also, you must upload a picture of the nominee and you must write a short essay in 800 words or less on why your nominee should be The Art of Manliness Man of the Year. This is your time to convince America that your nominee deserves the honor, so give it your best effort. Finally, you must submit the name, phone number, and email address of two references who can vouch for your nominee’s manliness.

Again, the deadline to enter a nominee is November 9, 2008.

Good luck to all your manly friends, brothers, fathers, boyfriends, and husbands!

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 JB October 19, 2008 at 9:28 pm

I think that this is an amazingly brilliant idea, great work, seriously! Is it open to people out of America though?

2 Sebastian Franck October 19, 2008 at 10:11 pm

This is the first sponsored award that has made me want to rush out an buy some of the sponsored brand ever. And I’m so not in the demographic for Old Spice.

Ah, Old Spice. Reminds me of my grand father, a very manly man, but also a very troubled man. I’m hoping that today we may be better at balancing things and not shy away from emotions and being able to show affection and, occasionally, weakness too.

Here’s to Paul, my late grand father.

3 mwschmeer October 20, 2008 at 7:32 am

Can we try to convince Proctor and Gamble to bring back the Old Spice Burley and Old Spice Fresh Lime product lines that the Shulton Company produced back in the 70s? Those were manly scents. None of this “fresh scent” crap–what the hell does “fresh” smell like?

4 Jason October 20, 2008 at 8:09 am

If either of my grandfathers were still alive, I would nominate them. I am the man I am because of their examples.

5 Nate October 20, 2008 at 1:24 pm

This is a great idea! Keep the manliness flowing!

6 Rodney Hampton October 20, 2008 at 2:38 pm

I like the original Old Spice a lot. My dad wears it and I’ll splash it on too on occasion.

7 Alex C. October 21, 2008 at 4:08 pm

This is a great idea! It’s about time we honor regular joes being the best men they can be.

8 MidoriLei October 22, 2008 at 11:32 am

I nominated and submitted something for my older brother! I’m so excited, he’s such a great example of what it means to truly be a man.

9 Confident Nerd October 22, 2008 at 5:47 pm

I just found this blog and seems pretty interesting. I may have to give you a run for your money pretty soon :)

Good job though.

Oh, i am a die hard Old spice guy too. Let me know where to sign the petitions :)

10 Charlie October 27, 2008 at 9:01 am

I am SO THRILLED that Old Spice is behind this. What a great partner.


11 Clifton Wade November 7, 2008 at 1:09 pm

I am another die hard Old Spice Fan – sign me up. Thank you for this great contest and prize!

12 diana hogle November 8, 2008 at 4:49 pm

great idea keep the madness going. I vote for my Dad

13 julia garrison November 9, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Iam a hog for old spice. My husband loves it

14 Marilyn Shullo November 9, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Grandpa loves this stuff, my older brother who past away loved it and I know my son will too!

15 dw November 14, 2008 at 11:24 pm

As usual, a dollar short and a day late. I’d have won hands down.

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