There's really no way to describe what a unique and cool guy this was. He was more active and full of life in his 70's than many people one third his age. His place was the heart of the show. There was always something going on there. He hosted potlucks, had music night, let people try out the pipe, had a million funny stories and genuinely loved life. He took shit from no one, especially the owner of the show.
And of course, he was a great artist. I am really gonna miss him.
Here's a pic I found of Parker in a rare moment of non tie-dyedness
Do you have any pictures of John that you can post?
So sad to loose someone like John. I knew him for over twenty years. I am going to truly miss him. Thanks for letting us know.
I remember the night when you told John that he was "beyond the valley of cool." While amused, he replied calmly "well, no one has ever called me that before."
I had heard from a friend that he was terminally Ill. I too have known John from the Michican Ren fair days. Where the booth always had folks hanging around by day and at night the Rennies would gather by the warmth of the furnace and drink, tell stories, crack joke and play assorted instruments until wee hours in the morning. I even have a blown glass drinking horn he made. John we will miss you. See you on the other side.
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