Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Extreme Food Critic

In a wonderful obit you will not want to miss, NYT headline declares:
Tobias Schneebaum, Chronicler and Dining Partner of Cannibals, Dies

"In 1955, Mr. Schneebaum, then a painter, won a Fulbright fellowship to study art in Peru. There, he vanished into the jungle and was presumed dead. Seven months later, he emerged, naked and covered in body paint. The experience had transformed him, he would later say, but in a way he could scarcely have imagined.

Theodore Schneebaum was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, most likely on March 25, 1922 (some sources say 1921), and reared in Brooklyn. Visiting Coney Island as a boy, he was captivated by the Wild Man of Borneo, a sideshow attraction famed for its brute exoticism."

Funny, my brother, John Hurst, had a childhood fascination with The Wild Man Of Borneo, too. Makes me wonder where the hell he is these days...

Read full obit here.

1 comment:

doro said...

Be sure to listen to Kinky Friedman's song, The Wild Man of Borneo.