This week, PARADE looks back at the year 2002 in the special
issue "The Best & Worst of Everything." Here are more quirky entries
from our annual year-end roundup of stories you might have missed.
And for your listening pleasure, we present International Whistlers
Competition grand champion -- and winner of "Best Lip Service"
in this week's issue -- Steve "The Whistler" Herbst, and his rendition
"The Star-Spangled Banner."
Best Lip Service
(Long Island, N.Y.)
Steve Herbst, the king of lip schtick,
knows how to whistle. The purity and power of the sound can take
you back to when whistling was as popular as the Seven Dwarfs
or Bogart and Bacall. Herbst, 56, was crowned champion at the
International Whistlers Convention in Louisburg, N.C. His signature
song is the fast and furious Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz
Liszt. "I'd like to be compared to a violin or a flute, not Jethro
the hog caller," Herbst said. "Whistling is an idea whose time
has returned." Visit www.parade.com to hear Steve hit the high