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Cutting Up With Joe the Barber
When you sit in Joe Pacello’s chair, you’re guaranteed two things: a great haircut and lots of laughs. You might even meet the veep.
Only Joe Pacello would try to convince a Secret Service agent he’s mafia.
Pacello, the quick-witted proprietor of The Men’s Room barbershop in Greenville, did just that last winter when then-vice president-elect Joe Biden stopped in for a trim.
“The first guy through the door is 6-foot-5 with a shaved head. Secret Service,” Pacello recalls. “Then the door opens and Joe walks in. Joe says to the agent, ‘He’s in the family.’”
Pacello launched into a “Goodfellas”-type routine that would make De Niro proud. Biden joked that he’d make Pacello secretary of defense.
“‘You don’t make an Italian secretary of defense,’” Pacello says. “‘You make them secretary of offense.”
The three-chair shop can quickly become a three-ring circus when Pacello starts his shtick. The 66-year-old has operated The Men’s Room at the same location for 35 years. He regularly logs du Ponts, former governors and other celebs in his appointment book. The VP, of course, is Pacello’s star client. The two Joes met in the early 1970s when Biden took his sons in for a cut. He has been a regular ever since.
“Once he was nominated, I got calls from all over the country,” Pacello says. “I told Joe, ‘I hope as many people are talking to you about me as they are talking to me about you.’”
Pacello says Biden plans to remain a regular, despite the fact that he’ll be spending most of his time in D.C. “Joe says he has to keep coming here because we know too much about him.” —Drew Ostroski
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