Thursday, October 16, 2003

Of white gloves and shady characters



[IMAGE] >Michael P. Grant (left) assumes the role of Dr. Kleghorn Grantenberg while his friend John Duncan plays Mr. Dewey Cheatem And Howe.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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They call themselves "carpetbaggers," "confidence men," and claim to be from New Orleans.

Dr. Kleghorn Grantenberg (aka Michael P. Grant of Columbus) wears a black cutaway coat with a vest and ruffled white shirt underneath, and a black top hat over his scruffy mug.

He strolls the Tall Stacks grounds with a lawyer friend, Mr. Dewey Cheatem And Howe(aka John Duncan, also of Columbus), who sports a "sack coat" and bow tie, with a salt-and-pepper handlebar mustache. Both wear white gloves.

Some of the jokes in their repertoire - OK, most of their jokes - are unfit for a newspaper.

"You can harass the kids, that's fun," Mr. Dewey says. "Hey, how much for that kid? Does he pick cotton?"

"When I was born, my mom said, 'Oh, what a beautiful little treasure,' " Mr. Dewey continues as his cohort takes a swig of magic elixir, which may or may not be apple cider. "And my dad said, 'OK, let's go and bury him then.' "

"I'm not going to lie, about 100 people have taken our pictures today," Dr. Grantenberg says.

"It's about being at the center of attention, really," Mr. Dewey adds. "And you can play games, go up and act and talk to people any time. I really enjoy doing this. In today's society, people just don't talk with other people."




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Of white gloves and shady characters
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