Cancel the Jerry Mazer memorial statue fund raising drive…
For now, anyway. The Plaza panhandler is alive and well and holed up in California as had been rumored. However, most staffers at Barnes & Noble on the Plaza and fellow panhandlers outside thought Mazer had succumbed to cancer and gone to Cheeseburger Paradise, no record of his death could be found.
Was the down payment-on-a-cheeseburger seeking vagabond be alive somewhere, reduced to roadkill or lying in an unmarked grave?
Nobody knew for sure….
That is not until Scooters Coffeehouse manager Kait Reynolds launched her own private investigation.
"I had gone looking for him," Reynolds says. "I called the police; I called a jail in town, the mortuary, Plaza Security and a few other contacts I had. Finally he called here in April sometime."
Here’s the deal…
"As far as I know, last November his prognosis was he had eight months to a year to live," Reynolds says. "But for now, he’s living in San Francisco and has a prescription for medical marijuana – he’s pretty happy about that – and he has a roomate, a girlfriend. I’ve talked to her a couple times; she’s pretty normal."
"He called me today – I haven’t listened to his message yet," Reynolds says. "He calls me about once a week now. The last time I talked to him his health was fine. As far as I know he’s panhandling out there, smoking a lot of weed and enjoying the weather."