Sunday, June 12, 2016
Joe Rosier had hopes of get in into the 2016 Fringe Festival. Unfortunately his name wasn't picked in the Fringe Lottery. In the past, he had performed solo shows as a country doctor telling ghost tales, and Odysseys S. Grant relating Civil war stories. With his grizzled age and shaggy white beard, Joe was perfect for such historical roles. Shortly after the lottery, one of Joe's eyes closed up and minor age discomforts became serious health issues.
Chemo therapy resulted in hair loss and the need for a neck brace. That didn't slow Joe down. He was at the years fringe and I got to spend some time with him at the beer tent. Joe posed for my Mennello Museum Mural and I've sketched him a number of to the in costume. Producers, actors an directors greeted Joe like the celebrity he is. the last time I saw Joe was in December and I bumped in him while walking towards the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Joe was dressed as Santa Claus of course. As we walked past the Harp and Celt, a young woman seated outside shouted to Joe to come in. There was z private party and they needed Santa Clause. I regret not follow.' Joe inside. I heard he was the life of the party, and all I young women sat in his lap to whisper their Christmas wishes.