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Moderation 09-08-2010 09:40 AM

Man Called Grasshopper
 
It's been a while since I lived in SM and I recently took a drive through the city. Nice to see it's still the laid back place I once lived in. I remember a guy on a green homemade bicycle who seemed to be a Harre Krishna. He dressed like one and he also wore a pony tail like one. I read on this forum that he might have been hit by a car.....but rather than hear a potential rumor does anyone know for sure?

Since he was the legend of my time at SWT I would like to know if anyone out there might really now his name, his story, and what he is doing now.

Austin 09-10-2010 09:06 AM

I've never seen him, and I drive around SM quite a bit.

Moderation 09-16-2010 03:38 PM

Thanks Austin for the reply. I think that something either happened to him or that he moved...It might have been years ago. However, I am hoping someone knows on this forum.

Austin 09-17-2010 08:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Moderation (Post 12089)
Thanks Austin for the reply. I think that something either happened to him or that he moved...It might have been years ago. However, I am hoping someone knows on this forum.

It fun that all Texas towns have staple characters that everyone knows.

semi-native 09-17-2010 10:12 AM

It has been quite awhile since I saw him around. 10 years? Not sure. There are new characters, to take his place. None are quite as interesting, though.

Austin 09-20-2010 02:24 PM

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Originally Posted by semi-native (Post 12229)
It has been quite awhile since I saw him around. 10 years? Not sure. There are new characters, to take his place. None are quite as interesting, though.

Seems the freaks trying to be freaks are not as good as the weirdos who stagger out of there houses unaware they are in fact weirdos.

vtsoh9 10-09-2010 05:59 PM

Hello Moderation,

Though I do not know of this grasshopper character myself, I asked around for you. From what I was told, he moved away 3-4 years ago, possibly to East Texas. Further, according to the source of information, "he was a good guy that was just misunderstood."

Whether or not any of it is accurate, or if we're even talking about the same grasshopper, I do not know. But that's about all I can tell you, and hopefully it will be enough to piece something together.

Austin 10-11-2010 11:00 AM

I find most characters re just good guys/gals that are misunderstood. There is a thin line between genius and insanity.

Osteo4n6 10-27-2010 08:29 PM

I remember "grasshopper" I think his real name was William Penneck (sp?). I haven't seen him in many years, but I remember everytime I would talk to the guy he was nice. He always had that cat (and even a pet squirrel once) tied to a rope as a leash and it would ride around town with him. He spend most of his days at the falls with that green innertube that matched his clothes.

Moderation 10-28-2010 08:11 AM

Thanks to everyone for posting. I did hear that his name was William Penneck or Pennick. Thanks for adding this. I also heard that he may have moved to Austin and has since passed away from alcohol related reasons. However, these might just be rumors and it would be good to know the truth. It would also be good to find out his story if anyone knows it. I wonder if one of you or anyone else who is still in S.M. could ask around some more? If he had a local place he frequented they might know ie., like a bar, tattoo parlor, restaurant.....

Austin 10-28-2010 09:58 AM

I'll ask around.

TANSTAAFB 11-16-2010 01:57 PM

I knew him as Dan, Dan, the grasshopper man back in the early to mid 90's. I haven't seen him in years. Krishna-rama (sewn to the back of his green jacket) was his stage name, but never sure what he did. I almost forgot about the cat!!! I think at one time he lived in a storage building over near the schools, towards 35. He was eccentric to say the least, but always very nice. I would love to know more about him. If anyone knows where Joe Ptak is, he could probably give you some info.

Austin 11-16-2010 03:36 PM

I've asked some "locals" no one from here is from here, and no one has a clue who I'm talking about.

semi-native 11-29-2010 05:47 PM

I don't know what he did, either, other than ride his green bike around, with a squirrel. He did "audition" for me once, when I was working at a local bar. He brought in a radio and a cassette, with (I suppose it was) him playing music. Very strange. Seems like he asked if we had a guitar he could use when/if he got the gig (he did not).

So long ago, the details are a little fuzzy now. Funny, at the time I swore I would never forget that audition...

Austin 11-30-2010 11:17 AM

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Originally Posted by semi-native (Post 46475)
I don't know what he did, either, other than ride his green bike around, with a squirrel. He did "audition" for me once, when I was working at a local bar. He brought in a radio and a cassette, with (I suppose it was) him playing music. Very strange. Seems like he asked if we had a guitar he could use when/if he got the gig (he did not).

So long ago, the details are a little fuzzy now. Funny, at the time I swore I would never forget that audition...

That's funny and crazy. Frunnzy.

I love it!

flapjak 01-09-2011 05:47 PM

Yep..his name was Dan or "Grasshopper". Green spandex clothes from head to toe...riding his green bicycle with a squirrel on his shoulder. I remember him shooting a kid that went to SMHS in the stomach down on the square around 1988 or 89. The kid was harassing him and trying to fight him...so he pulled out a small pistol and shot him. It was all over the news back then. The last I saw him was around 1992.

Austin 01-10-2011 12:46 PM


Is this the guy we are all talking about?

flapjak 01-10-2011 05:24 PM

Nope. Thats Dancin' Todd!

TANSTAAFB 01-11-2011 01:01 AM

Nope...no youtube when Dan the Grasshopper man was around!!! Woulda been awesome though...Krishna-Rama goes viral...epic :D

Austin 01-11-2011 01:00 PM

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Originally Posted by flapjak (Post 67716)
Nope. Thats Dancin' Todd!

I'm guessing the locals would have had different names for the characters.

Like I'm sure not everyone refers to Michael Jackson guy as Michael Jackson guy. Well I don't know what else you would call him, but you get the point.

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Originally Posted by TANSTAAFB (Post 67788)
Nope...no youtube when Dan the Grasshopper man was around!!! Woulda been awesome though...Krishna-Rama goes viral...epic :D

A lot of youtube is converted old film. I have hope someone caught him on video, and that we can track him down.

TANSTAAFB 01-12-2011 06:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Austin (Post 67868)
I'm guessing the locals would have had different names for the characters.

Like I'm sure not everyone refers to Michael Jackson guy as Michael Jackson guy. Well I don't know what else you would call him, but you get the point.



A lot of youtube is converted old film. I have hope someone caught him on video, and that we can track him down.

I never heard him called anything but Dan or Grasshopper...and I think those truly classic local icons get known pretty universally. Everyone knows Leslie is the Queen of Austin or at least "that homeless cross-dresser!"

And you will know it if you find him. His head was shaved except the hare krishna top-knot. Always dressed in all green, riding a green bike. And his jacket had Krishna-Rama across the back in big letters (yellow? white? can't remember) He had the squirrel for a while, but he was around a long time. He was pretty tall and skinny and I think he wore (at least sometimes) John Lennon glasses. Some of the old school San Marcos underground guys like Joe Ptak or David (rest his soul) and Rose from The Hemp Store probably knew more about him just by virtue of being connected to the local scene at the time.

vtsoh9 01-12-2011 07:17 AM

If anyone is interested in further pursuing this quest, then it would probably be wise to try and get in touch with Joe Ptak, Rose, or someone else from that bunch. They (or someone they know) would likely have a lot of insightful information to offer.

Austin 01-12-2011 10:55 AM

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Originally Posted by vtsoh9 (Post 68106)
If anyone is interested in further pursuing this quest, then it would probably be wise to try and get in touch with Joe Ptak, Rose, or someone else from that bunch. They (or someone they know) would likely have a lot of insightful information to offer.

I think most people wouldn't know where to start.

I've been in SM for over year, this is the first I've heard of those guys.

vtsoh9 01-13-2011 09:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Austin (Post 68162)
I think most people wouldn't know where to start.

I've been in SM for over year, this is the first I've heard of those guys.

Rose is the proprietor of the Hemp Store located downtown at 232 N. LBJ. She is there at least a couple days a week as of last I heard.

Joe Ptak is the former operator of KIND, a local broadcast pirate radio station. His exploits earned him several interviews and mentions in published media, so I am sure that a good Google search would turn up enough clues to find him. Alternatively, his contact information may possibly even be obtainable through Rose or another prominent local figure.

Austin 01-14-2011 09:56 AM

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Originally Posted by vtsoh9 (Post 69187)
Rose is the proprietor of the Hemp Store located downtown at 232 N. LBJ. She is there at least a couple days a week as of last I heard.

Joe Ptak is the former operator of KIND, a local broadcast pirate radio station. His exploits earned him several interviews and mentions in published media, so I am sure that a good Google search would turn up enough clues to find him. Alternatively, his contact information may possibly even be obtainable through Rose or another prominent local figure.

I'll ask around, see what I come up with.

Osteo4n6 01-14-2011 11:25 AM

I saw where someone was looking to maybe locate Joe Ptak, last I heard he was running Planet K. Remember when the city tried to make them remove their car, it was he and Furly that fought against it.

Any local should know about Grasshopper, if they dont, they aren't much of a local. His name was William Penneck or Pennick (sp?). He kind of faded away after pulling a gun (or BB gun, depending on whom you ask) on a kid in front of what is now Wine Cellar. The teen apparently was taunting him repeatedly. He lived over at the storage facility by Goodnight, and worked a lot of odd jobs, including fixing the video games at Diversions (where wine cellar is now). He was called grasshopper because of the outfit he always wore. He also used to have lots of gold chains and from time to time have either a cat or a squirrel riding on his bike with him. For the most part he was harmless, and would spend most of the day swimming at the falls with the rest of us, back when you could swim in them. Hope this helps!

Moderation 09-26-2015 07:17 PM

i happened to google the term grasshoper and san marcos, and found my original post here. i thought i would check in to see what else was found. i did happen to email rose several years ago after someone in the forum stated she might know. she did remember him coming into her store often and she told me she would ask around and get back to me. i never heard back. i also emailed the planet k like someone also mentioned, but never heard back. i bet someone out there has a picture of him even if it was an accidental photo. would be great to see one. also any information would be interesting to learn what ever happened to him.

poe_zlaw 11-23-2015 10:00 PM

I,too was wondering what happened to him and googled the same thing you did just tonight and found your post. I remember Grasshopper in the early 90's when we used to come to SM from Austin to swim. Wasn't his bike a tall bike? I clearly remember his shaved head and pony tail and him always waving and being nice. He was like the 90's' Frisbee Dan. I grew up in Austin and spent alot of time downtown in the 90's and early 2000's. I dont remember ever seeing Grasshopper in Austin.

Moderation 08-25-2016 04:06 PM

osteo4n6 is correct. his name is/was william penneck/nick. the last time i lived in san marcos and saw him was in 1996. in 2012 emailed rose who remembers him well and she promised me she would find out his whereabouts, but she never replied back. i also emailed planet k with reference to joe ptak and received no answer. i check in on this post every once in a while and i am glad to see the topic is still active. looking forward to seeing someone post a pic and also give us some more info. on him. maybe a relative of his will post a reply. i am sure he would have an interesting history.





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Moderation 08-25-2016 04:15 PM

i think this is him. pennock. however, the link is based on 1998 info.

https://bailbondcity.com/texas/hays-i...Pennock/982067

samfloor 08-26-2016 12:53 PM

You might go through one of the sites that list obits for Texas. It is a shot.


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