Jeff Dowd: the Real Big Lebowski
This is just a little tidbit I gleaned from Metafilter this morning (so no credit to me). Jeff Dowd, one of the Seattle Seven, was the model for The Dude in the Cohen borthers’ movie The Big Lebowski.
The persona of that character automatically is an icebreaker. People are like, “Wow! The Dude!” And they want to give you a big handshake or a hug. It’s a very friendly feeling for them and obviously for me. It’s different than what happens with people being in awe with a star – it’s like a friendly thing. People seem to be instantly at ease. From my point of view, that’s great, because that’s how the world should be anyway.
Kind of a counterpoint to my previous post, accusing Seattlites for being cold, isn’t it.