Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The Passing of an Era
Wiki Article about Leslie Cochran.
Leslie has been a fixture of Austin life since 1996. He has never had a permanent residence, or, as far as I know, a job. He has hung around Sixth Street most of the time, dressed in a thong and expounding his philosophies, panhandling and getting his picture taken. He has, in short, made a career of being weird, and has been a part of the "Keep Austin Weird" ethos. He has run for Mayor three times; thankfully, Austin is not quite weird enough to actually elect him.
The news reports seem unclear about what actually happened to him, though The Statesman says he has a head injury. I heard on the radio that he is conscious, but his family says he will not be able to return to the streets.
He will be missed, but I am glad he is recovering.