The search for the cold, dead body of illustrious kc panhandler Jerry Mazer just got a lot more complicated.
Yes, it’s April Fool’s Day, but no, this isn’t a spoof.
Reports from multiple sources that Mazer – infamous for his Plaza presence outside Barnes & Noble and "Can I get a down payment on a cheeseburger?" parlance – died last year have to date proved unconfirmable.
With all that’s truly known being that Mazer – who forced the city and the Plaza to their knees by getting a no panhandling ordinance tossed – disappeared from the local scene last fall. Followed by a flurry of rumors he had died. But a check with Kansas City’s Department of Records found no evidence of a death certificate.
Was Mazer hanging with other famous locals who’d recently flown KC’s mortal coil coop? Tony DiPardo, Mike Murphy & Bill Grigsby, to name three. Or was he lying on his bed of pain somewhere or lost at sea somewhere on the Mighty Missouri?
The outlook appeared bleak but the search was still on…
And as of an email received last night, it still is.
"Jerry is fine," emails Andrew Walker. "He is in san fran. He got tired of the weather here in kc and having cancer he didn’t want to get sick here. I’m his son of sorts and he is the most kind hearted person in the world. If it weren’t for him I would of starved as a child and had no roof over my head. And you can print that."
An email request back to Walker for further clarification remains unanswered at this time. And again, it is April Fool’s Day, so the jury is still out, so let’s hold off on the dancing in the streets for a bit.
Is Mazer coming back? Is the cheeseburger-buying biz better on the Left Coast? Does he really have a family and was a responsible parent? Stay tuned…