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Wild Man

The story of Wild Man Out From The Wild Episode I “Life in the Forest” Click on the large picture to start Episod I.

Wild Man

DOB:  12/09/1856 (That is correct 1856.)                                 

 Place of birth:  The forest

Age:  154 (In “Wild Man Years” that is about 24)

Left the Forest:  8/13/1952 to seek the land of “Show Biz”

Entered society:  9/21/1952 on the Ed Sullivan Show

Wild Man’s Favorite Meal “Yucky mixture of sticks, bark, and yellow snow”

Diet:  Anything that has a good crunch

 

DOB:  12/09/1856 (That is correct 1856.)                                 

 Place of birth:  The forest

Age:  154 (In “Wild Man Years” that is about 24)

Left the Forest:  8/13/1952 to seek the land of “Show Biz”

Entered society:  9/21/1952 on the Ed Sullivan Show

Diet:  Anything that has a good crunch

Interests:  “Foraging for food,”  “Belly sliding on frozen rivers,” and “Poetry”

Best Friend:  Teddy Roosevelt

Greatest strength:   Unusual longevity and youthful physique.

Credits this to:  “Moderate exercise,” “A balanced diet of birch trees, leafy compost, and cream of wheat,” and “Allowing ‘Me Time”‘

Wild Man’s childhood home. Wild Man and his family lived cozily under this table, “We weren’t the poorest family, and we weren’t the richest. It was the ultimate middle class dream.” -Wild Man

Greatest Weakness:  Can’t say “peony” without giggling

Greatest Accomplishment:  Ate an entire sequoia tree and never had diarrhea.

Greatest Failure:  Can’t tell the difference between Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder        

Piece of trivia you wouldn’t expect:  Wrote the dance moves to “thriller”

Piece of trivia you would expect:  The only living person with fond memories of meeting Mary Todd Lincoln.

Wild Man grew up in a pristine forest far beyond the touch of modern man.

Bio:  Spent most of his life in an uncharted forest, whose whereabouts are known only to Wild Man and Ed Sullivan, with no human contact outside his isolated forest community—except for a brief stint as one of Teddy Roosevelt’s rough riders which led to a lifelong friendship, and a field trip to Washington DC in 1863 which was bad timing, but he did get to meet Mary Todd Lincoln, whom he described as “Radiant.”

Ed Sullivan came to the forest and discovered Wild Man’s talents. Ed considered Wild Man the greatest thing he ever discovered, “It was either him or those English hippies”

In 1952 he was discovered by Ed Sullivan and torn from the forest and shunned by his family—they weren’t mad they just didn’t have mail service or phones; they were reunited once Facebook was invented.  He appeared once on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1953 where he crashed and burned and was blacklisted by Joseph McCarthy.  After this he was relegated to a niche where most failed comedians find themselves:  the comic underbelly making secret nighttime trades exchanging drugs for joke packets.  These guys were known as “Dummy Men.”  His forest wits made him ideally suited for this position.  He rose to become the top dog in the business.  He was called “Mad Hatter” or “Big Cheese.”

Wild Man put himself into therapy to try and deal with his complex past. It may have been because he was too cheap to buy a couch but wanted a nap.

In 1997 he suffered a break down and checked himself into rehab.  Upon release he had a new attitude, rediscovering his “forest roots.”  He now counsels other comedians who have been destroyed by the “system.”  In 2011 he returned to the forest to work on a cathartic documentary that will tell his entire journey starting from his humble beginnings.  The elephant in the room is what happened to his family, but he does not seem bothered, so you shouldn’t be either.  He is still as youthful as ever and wonders what the next century will bring, and although he continues to make new friends he does still miss Teddy Roosevelt.

Discussion

21 thoughts on “Wild Man

  1. At 5:59 a.m. this was the inspiration I needed to face another day.

    Posted by Duane Thor | August 23, 2011, 6:02 am
    • Wild Man is very glad to have obliged. There will be much more to come. The journey has just begun. Now go tackle your day like there is no tomorrow (with the proper amount of prudence and defered gratification that is necessary considering the fact that there will most likely be a tomorrow. So act like there is a tomorrow. By “act like there is no tomorrow” I mean be slightly more spontaneous and energized.).

      Posted by WildMan | August 23, 2011, 10:16 am
      • I appreciate your wisdom wild man. That being said, considering that you’re 154 years old I’m not that impressed. You should have gained an immense amount of wisdom in that amount of time.

        Posted by Josh Gray | August 24, 2011, 7:26 pm
        • Excellent point and I am glad you brought it up because I do not want your worship. Although I would remind that during my first 98 years, besides being pals with Teddy Roosevelt, I lived in isolation in the forest, so my worldly wisdom may be lacking. Of course that brings up the question as to whether society is responsible for our corruption or our progress, but as my good friend Jean Paul Sartre says, “If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.” So he puts the onus back on the individual.

          Posted by WildMan | August 24, 2011, 7:46 pm
  2. I like Ed Sullivan’s white socks.

    Posted by Jonathan Slonim | August 23, 2011, 9:27 am
  3. Very interesting. I wonder what kind of grandparents Wild Man had? It is a little scary to imagine.

    Posted by Rick Blumenberg | August 23, 2011, 8:14 pm
  4. WHAT AMAZING TALENT!!! WHAT INCREDIBLE WEIRDNESS!!!! I LOVED VIEWING WILD MAN AND I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE MORE EPISODES!!! Your mom and dad MUST be so proud of you that you finally made your way out of the forest (at least your dad would have been had he not been buried under the ice).

    You really ought to consider entering this into a film festival. I have no doubt that you would win!

    Posted by Janet Gernand | August 25, 2011, 1:32 am
    • I would like to think my parents are proud of me, but I cannot be sure because I forgot to ask their permission. I am glad you liked it. Each week I will be putting out new video shorts to keep you engaged while I work on episode 2.

      Posted by WildMan | August 25, 2011, 1:41 pm
  5. This Monday I will be releasing the first “Wild Man and Ivan” video short.

    Posted by WildMan | September 3, 2011, 7:19 pm
  6. comment, comment, comment. Now I’m crossing my fingers !!

    Posted by Duane Thor | September 10, 2011, 7:12 pm
    • Well it is weird. You are the first to comment and it shows two more views today, but the number is still 999. It’s like it doesn’t know how to make 4 digits. You should probably leave and come back real quick and comment again.

      Posted by WildMan | September 10, 2011, 7:19 pm
    • Alright, it just kicked me to 1,001 and the number of views for the day did not go up, so that means it just took longer to count you on the whole versus the day. So it is either you or the other mystery view, but since you commented that makes you the winner and I can congratulate you for giving me my 1,000th view.

      Posted by WildMan | September 10, 2011, 7:31 pm
  7. Or maybe you can just know in your heart that you were the 1,000th. But I might have to withold my mental glory I was going to give you until I get some confirmation.

    Posted by WildMan | September 10, 2011, 7:21 pm
  8. I once again comment with all of my Swedish heart.

    Posted by Duane Thor | September 10, 2011, 7:43 pm
    • Congrats!

      Posted by WildMan | September 10, 2011, 7:45 pm
      • Well Wild Man, I am unbelievably mad at Duane!! He is a glory monger!! I could have set by my computer viewing this site over and over again ( I have it on good authority that Duane did this) but nooooo, I watched once , trying to get comfort from your efforts with Jim and then I did what every good Colts fan should do. I called Jim and tried to put a good word in for you. I’m not sure I got him convinced. He seemed hung up on prior experience. I feel that the honor should really go to whoever could come the closest to the 1,000th hit ( I think I was either # 999 or # 1,001 ).

        I do have to say that I hesitated responding, hoping to see a video of you banging your head against the wall for an hour!! That would have been a good Ed Sullivan act ( or maybe you did that one already…).

        Posted by bret overdorf | September 10, 2011, 11:56 pm
        • Thank you for saving me from banging my head into a wall for an hour. I am glad that you have commented on the website because the more comments the better it looks, but I would suggest that perhaps you also copy and paste this into a comment under the facebook challenge. That wasy others will see it and it will encourage others to accept the challenge. Also if no one sees a response on facebook they might think that I did not follow through on my promise. But even if you don’t get around to that thanks for sharing. I will also say that as of right now you are at the top of the leaderboard with your response. That may or may not be due to the fact that you are so far the only to take the challenge.

          Posted by WildMan | September 11, 2011, 12:32 am
        • Bret, (and Wild Man)
          I fight crime and deliver babies, (sometimes simultaneously) and I get accused of hovering over my computer ? Bret, I think there is some unconfessed sin in your life for those statements to be made.
          Wild Man is my Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, so of course I want to keep up with his wisdom and musings.
          To hit 1,000 is no small feat. Maybe some residual glory should come this man’s way, but it wasn’t sought or solicited. It would mean nothing if that was the fact. I want to be a man of peace, and hopefully the tattoo I’m about to get will be proof of my sincerity.

          Posted by Duane Thor | September 11, 2011, 5:26 pm
  9. Wild Man,
    I pray that Bret is not in some corner in a fetal position.He still has responsibilities as a father and husband, and to his co-workers on 600 North.Thanks also for your new video. It has given me the serenity I need after being unfairly scathed by the young man with the Hawaiian wife.

    Posted by Duane Thor | September 17, 2011, 5:31 pm
    • Duane,
      I do not want to burst your bubble, but Bret actually re-posted “The Battle for the 1,000th view” on his facebook page. And he also “liked” one of my recent posts. It seems as though he is wearing his defeat as a badge of honor and is (I’m guessing) more than meeting his responsibilities as a father and husband. All this does not detract from your victory and I am equally happy for both of you, because I love all my children the same.

      Posted by WildMan | September 19, 2011, 5:28 pm

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Wild Man on his journey. This picture is a metaphor for life.

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