Real Stuff: Swim Fin Job

"Fresh out of high school, I spent the summer of '64 hitch-hiking up and down the West Coast... Eventually I wound up broke and stranded in San Francisco, CA." From Real Stuff #3 (Fantagraphics, May 1991).

By Dennis Eichhorn

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Published 12:57 pm Mon, Aug 12, 2013

About the Author

Dennis P. Eichhorn is an award-winning American writer best known for his adult-oriented autobiographical comic book series Real Stuff.

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  1. RevVeggieSpam

    There was a guy in Vancouver (Canada) who was similarly known but for slightly different reasons. At least when I lived there in the 90s.

    First off, he always called random{?} payphones downtown near the clubs. You'd be walking down the street and see a ringing phone. I assume most people answered the phone out of curiosity. Women who picked up always were hung up on so we're only assuming it was him.

    Second, once he had you on the phone, he'd offer you money to come over and beat him up. Really. He'd ask you about what you look like to and if you sounded too weak, he'd hang up. If you sounded good, he'd lay out what he'd pay for you to do.

    When I first heard about this, I didn't think it was serious until I saw the randomly ringing phones and talked to people who had talked to him. That's how I came to know a lot of his details. One day I picked up the phone, talked to him and found out how for-real he was though I never met him.

    Legendary Vancouver comic artist Colin Upton even did a story that riffed on this guy in his Big Thing comic called "Pay-phone".

    So, although this guy has his own specific thing. I'm sure most cities must have at least one, statistically speaking. Wonder who it is my new city now?

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