Remembrance of loonies past…

Today’s LA Times:

MADISON, WIS. — There was a time when residents in this liberal college city would greet homeless people by name.

They’d stop to chat with Scanner Dan, the grizzled guy with a walkie-talkie buzzing at his hip as he asked for change.

Even I remember Scanner Dan, from a week in Madison in 1989 or so…


One response to “Remembrance of loonies past…

  1. handing on misery

    That’s a depressing story… Scanner Dan, also known as Fireman Dan, carried his scanner so that he would hear about fires when the firemen did–he would then race to the scene and help out. Maybe he would sometimes report fires, too? In any case, he was harmless.

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