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‘Beardless Brother’ Shares Duck Dynasty Family’s Story

SAN ANTONIO, January 13, 2014 – “Duck Dynasty’s” Alan Robertson compared his famous family to the loveable monsters from “The Munsters,”  labrador retrievers and even terrorists during his keynote address at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 95th Annual Convention.

The oldest Robertson son, nicknamed the “beardless brother,” arrived onstage sporting a close-shaven beard.

“My brothers give me a hard time when I grow a beard and say that I look like Yasser Arafat, and that’s really offensive to me,” Robertson said. Then, pointing to photos of Osama bin Laden and his father Phil and brother Jase, he quipped, “But you look at that and tell me they don’t look like terrorists.”

As the newest member of the “Duck Dynasty” cast, Robertson said his reason for joining the family’s television series after three seasons on A&E was to show America what a “real home” looked like and to have a larger platform to spread his message about “the kingdom of God.” The former pastor said his family’s motto is “Faith, Family, Ducks.”

Robertson shared intimate details of his family’s past, including a period of time that his father “strayed from his faith” and nearly left the family when Alan was a child.

“My mom taught us [life] lessons because my dad’s drinking and lifestyle turned for the worse,” said Robertson.

Crediting his mother, Miss Kay, as the glue that held his family together during those early hardships, Robertson revealed that his proudest moment on the series was his debut episode, “’Till Duck Do Us Part,” during which the family threw a surprise wedding for his parents.

In addition to sharing the sadder side of the Robertson’s family history, he made a series of comical canine comparisons.

“Labrador retrievers are good dogs,” Robertson said. “We use a black lab because they’re always ready to go, like my dad and Jase. They never miss a day of ducking.”

Robertson went on to liken himself and his brother Jake to the “more domesticated” yellow lab and his colorful Uncle Si to a chocolate lab on methamphetamine – what Robertson affectionately termed “a meth lab.”

Despite some of the wild antics on the series, Robertson said his father still doesn’t understand why the show has such a broad appeal to non-duck hunters. Robertson’s hunch is that viewers yearn for shows that demonstrate the Christian family values that Americans need and are missing today.

“Something ordinary to us and probably to you [farmers] like working hard all day and coming home to have dinner around a table at night has become extraordinary to people in the 21st century,” said Robertson. “That’s what the kingdom of God is – having a place called home.”

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