Local Character named Frog

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Eugene, Oregon
December 6, 2018 4:59pm CST
That is what David Miller is known as locally. He came to Eugene from Ohio back in the 1970s. He has become a cultural institution around here selling what he calls "The World's Funniest Recycle Joke Books." He is a fixture on the street nearest the University of Oregon, greeting one and all. He (maybe) graduated from the University of Ohio after studying journalism, worked for a while on the Cincinnati Enquirer then decided newspapers were not for him and launched is joke book career. The city of Eugene tried to make the case that it was illegal to sell anything other than food or drink on the streets of our fair city back in 1990, but the Oregon Supreme Court said Frog is on legal ground. He publishes adult and children's joke books three times per year. Frog has been voted Best Campus Personality and Best Rabblerouser as well. His fame extends to Face Book, where he has around 5000 friends. I bought a kids' book the other day and chatted with him for a bit. Here is an example: Why did Humpty Dumpty have a great fall? To make up for a rotten summer. Any well-known local characters where you live?
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@DeborahDiane (25526)
• Laguna Woods, California
10 Dec
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@JamesHxstatic - Frog sounds delightful and reminds me a little of my eccentric brother-in-law who is a street musician and lives in Eureka, CA. I have attached a photo of him with my husband and me. I think you can guess which one is "Brother James" as he likes to be called, even by his friends! LOL
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• Eugene, Oregon
10 Dec
Oh that is great! He and Frog would get along well.
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• Laguna Woods, California
10 Dec
@JamesHxstatic - Yes, I'm sure they would be great friends. I think they both look a bit like the carving of the ship captain, too! LOL
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• Eugene, Oregon
10 Dec
@DeborahDiane Oh yes, they really do!
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@Nevena83 (10492)
• Serbia
7 Dec
A wonderful story. In my place, there are no such people.
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Dec
Thank you!
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@Nevena83 (10492)
• Serbia
9 Dec
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@LadyDuck (195924)
• Switzerland
7 Dec
This man surely is an interesting character, I know nobody here around.
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Dec
He may be one of a kind with the joke books and FB following.
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@LadyDuck (195924)
• Switzerland
8 Dec
@JamesHxstatic He surely is. I should go to the local Christmas Market and see if there are interesting characters from our community.
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@JudyEv (148124)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
Best Rabblerouser - that sounds pretty Australian. We'd give awards to those sorts of people.
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Dec
He would be a candidate.
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@DianneN (97796)
• United States
8 Dec
Lol! We have well-known people but none are characters.
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@allknowing (75544)
• India
6 Dec
You have not explained why he got this 'Frog' title
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Dec
Look at his hat. It is a green frog.
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@allknowing (75544)
• India
7 Dec
@JamesHxstatic Is that all?
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Dec
@allknowing He wears it and has worn it or one like it for many years.
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@allen0187 (34380)
• Philippines
6 Dec
Frog sounds like a character I can have a good time with.
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Dec
He is a strange one.
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@allen0187 (34380)
• Philippines
7 Dec
@JamesHxstatic strange? I say interesting.
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Dec
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@rakski (24380)
• Philippines
6 Dec
Frog I think is cool.
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Dec
That he is.
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@rakski (24380)
• Philippines
7 Dec
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@MALUSE (47041)
• Uzbekistan
29 Dec
I like the joke at the end. I like puns.
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• Eugene, Oregon
29 Dec
So do I . I may have to buy his "adult" book.
@GreatMartin (7083)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
8 Dec
I'll put our local characters up against yours any time and you will lose!! :O)
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Dec
In Florida, no doubt. I have read a lot of Carl Hiaasen novels.
@JESSY3236 (8082)
• United States
7 Dec
cool guy. No one around here is special (maybe me).
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Dec
I worry that I may be a "character" in my neighborhood.
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@Namelesss (1929)
• Thomasville, Georgia
7 Dec
He sounds quite the character to hang with.
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Dec
That he is.
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@CarolDM (12568)
• United States
6 Dec
How cool is this guy. I don't know of any but I am sure there has to be some around.
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• Eugene, Oregon
6 Dec
Yes, he is a fixture here.
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• China
17 Dec
He is well-educated and seems to be a cynic.He looks like Santa Claus.
@Tampa_girl7 (27854)
• United States
14 Dec
Love his hat
@Hannihar (49481)
10 Dec
@JamesHxstatic I thought it was funny. Here in Jerusalem if someone is trying to sell something around Jerusalem and does not have permission then they could get a fine. There are people that have permission and can sell but others take their chances. Why do they call him Frog?