Episode 32: Smollop: Leatherman

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He was known to not bathe regularly, and to wear the same leather outfit for decades–like Jim Morrison

LeathermanThe Leatherman, Jules Bourglay, at Findagrave
The Great Blizzard of 1888: March 11 – March 14, 1888
The Leatherman has inspired a Pearl Jam song–the track “Given to Fly” on the Yield album–and a yearly race, the Leatherman’s Loop.
Band names from this episode:

  • Leather Industry
  • Sad Circle
  • Leather Bigfoot


  1. Avatar for Roger Roger

    Always nice to hear about the Old Leather Man. The Jules Bourglay story was retracted days after it was published in 1889 and has been debunked by many researchers. It’s a good story, but it is fictional.

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