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Desperately Seeking Sherwin Sleeves

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Who is Sherwin Sleeves? This was a question that I spent hours on the internet seeking to find the answer to after I had heard this compelling voice on Sirius/XM radio telling a story so captivating that it commanded my attention sufficiently to cause me to pull my car into a parking so as to hang onto every single word.

The information was not that available at the time, (recently moreso), and through a series of queries and links, I found a couple of downloadable mp3's of equally wonderous prose, voice, and music. But who is this man? I found a site with a brief, mysterious bit of information on this man by one Sean Hurley, who said: "... I am Sherwin Sleeves ombudsman, gopher, handyman, internet person, musical assistant, and all around amanuensis. Sherwin lives just up the road from me in the next town over and I visit him once or twice a week to pick up songs or stories or whatever he has to give me.

I don’t know a lot about him. He is 79 years old (I think). He moved here a few years ago, arrived by train. I believe he spent much of time working for a traveling theater. He is not married and apparently has no other family.

A frequent question: Does he really do all that walking? Yes! He does do a lot of walking. Even with the cane and a slightly bad leg, he walks more than anyone I know and he doesn’t seem to bother with any difference between night or day. He’ll set off at midnight for a 10 mile journey to nowhere. From what I’ve learned, he doesn’t seem to have the least idea where he’s heading to when he goes out – he just puts on his hat and walks out the door and is suddenly gone."

We will start with a story told by Sherwin, and then he, and Sean will be LIVE!

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