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Britt, Iowa -
an 11 year absence, I made it back to Britt, IA to see old friends and make new
acquaintances at the 2003 National gathering. Many of the 1992 BO's were
not in attendance
in 2003 as they have moved on to a different stage in life or
advancing age or poor health
prevents them from finding their way back to Britt.
review of the signatures on my walking stick from 1992 reveals that nine BO's
The Westbound. Alabama Hobo, Bo Britt Eddie, Cardboard,
Fishbones, Hobo Joe, Iowa Bob,
Sonny Slim Chance, Texas Bob, and The Man Called
John are in our memory.
did reestablish contact with many of the 1992 BO's including Adman, Blue Moon,
Collinwood Kid, Connecticut Shorty, Bo Lump, Luther the Jet, Minneapolis Jewel,
New York Maggie,
Preacher Steve, Redbird Express, Slo Freight Ben, and last but certainly
least-The Texas Madman. My spirit was especially lifted when upon arrival
Thursday Aug. 7th, 2003 I spotted Wanda, Steamtrain, and Big Skip.
asked around about Iowa Blackie and Hobo Charlie told me to try uptown. I
Iowa Blackie by the Britt Library. As usual, he was camped out by
himself and Blackie
remains very much a loner, while continuing to draw the
displeasure of librarians throughout
Iowa. I last met up with my Fellow
Iowan in 1993 in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and to me, Blackie will
always represent the
independent Hobo Spirit. I noticed that his hairdresser must be omitting
the color and I suspect that in a few more years, he will be known as "Iowa
"new To Me" BO's are a pleasant bunch and I was happy to meet for the
The Baloney Kid, Connecticut Tootsie, Dante, Derail & Larry, Duane & Joyce, Duffy
Graincar Geo, Grandpa Dudley & M.A.D. Mary, Half Track, Hobo Charlie,
our New King-Hobo Spike,
Irish Red, Kabar, MS Charlotte, Nightingale, Oats,
OhioTom, Oops, Roadkill, Slim Tim, Snapshot,
SonShine, Sonny Ray, St Cloud Tim,
Sunrise, Tanner City Kid, Tuck, New Queen-Mama Jo,
Hobo Santa, Story Teller, and New York Greenie.
I've relocated from Florida (TOO HOT), to St Louis, MO and I hope to make
Britt in the
coming years. If anyone is rolling thru St Louis, e-mail me
and we'll meet up somewhere.
Wishes to all my Hobo friends,
St Louis Frank - Frank Chambers
c/o Riverside Hotel - Suite 101
615 Sunflower Avenue . Clarksdale, Mississippi 38614
e-mail Frank at email@example.com
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