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Local Barber Promotes Kent State University at Geauga on National TV

Posted Oct. 31, 2011

When Kent State employee John Granny heard that his barber, Rick Seyer, was going to be a guest on a reality television show with about seven million viewers, he asked if he would put on a Kent State Geauga T-shirt to promote the university. Seyer gladly accepted.

Seyer, an area historian who has collected valuable antiques for many years, was invited by producers of Pawn Stars– a reality television series on the History Channel – to appear on the show

“When I heard that Rick was going to be on national TV, I approached him about wearing a Kent State T-shirt,” says Granny. “I thought it was a good way to get campus exposure and Kent State Geauga’s name on television.”

Seyer was invited to star on the show after he emailed the producers regarding a letter with envelope that he had acquired, which was written in 1869 by then Congressman James A. Garfield, who later became president. The envelope has Garfield’s signature in the top right hand corner in place of a stamp. Seyer has been told that the letter could be worth as much as four to six thousand dollars.

“Rick is a community-oriented person who appreciates having Kent State Geauga in his community,” Granny says. “As a local business owner, he has been to Kent State Geauga on several occasions to attend events and listen to speakers.”