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Saturday, July 09, 2011

Missing the Great Impostor

It's a shame Barry Bremen, aka the Great Impostor, wasn't more widely recognized following his most famous exploits of the 1970s and 80s. After his heydey, it's almost as if he didn't exist. I for one, had only heard a few things. And those came from the Great Burzini, county historian and general know-it-all Scott M. Burnstein, who knew Bremen as a family friend.
Sure, there's no way a character like him could exist. Sneaking into all-star games, Super Bowls and the U.S. Open. There's too much security in our post-9/11 society, as there should be. But we need another character like him. Someone who can play havoc with the establishment and make you do a double-take like 'Did that just happen?'

I feel ashamed I never knew about Bremen until he was gone. Maybe it's because he spent the last 20 years out of the limelight. The only person I can compare him to is comedian Andy Kaufman. Guys like that go out of their way to infect your conscience and it will be a long time before we see another.
Read more about Barry Bremen, the Great Impostor
Below is an interview I did with Burnstein after news of Bremen's death spread through the newsroom.


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