His Name Is Bob [in progress]
by, 01-09-2012 at 03:36 AM (275 Views)
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While taking photos at a Mad Mexicans, Rockett Queen, and Suicide Hook show at The Boiler Room in Deep Ellum (Dallas, Texas), I noticed a short, heavyset man with gray hair underneath a backwards baseball cap wearing a blue wind breaker, cargo pants, and a lanyard around his neck with what appeared to be a cell phone and another device attached to it. He jammed out and danced in place as Rockett Queen played their set. When the set was over, he made his way to their merch booth and purchased a CD. Proudly displaying his new purchase to the band members, he asked for autographs. In the midst of getting his autographs he ended up with a pair of drum sticks.
Noticing the camera around my neck he very polity asked if I would take his picture. Happily agreeing, I take a picture of him proudly displaying his drumsticks in one hand and the CD in the other. After taking his picture, he hands me a flyer advertising an independent documentary film entitled His Name is Bob and then instructs me to post the photo on his website. Chuckling a bit at the name of the film and halfway thinking this was a joke, I gladly accept the flyer and the post request. In return for the flyer, I gave him a few Renegade stickers.
A bit later, he walks over to Rockett Queen's lead singer and a group of their fans to get the singer's autograph on his new CD. After getting his autograph, I ask if he would like his picture with the lead singer. Happily agreeing with a very large smile on his face, he and the lead singer pose and smile for the picture.
Days later, I come across the flyer he gave me and decided to see that this was all about. Sure enough, His Name Is Bob was an independent documentary film released in 2010 about a man now in his mid-50s who is known by some as the most famous homeless person in East Dallas. The film tells of Robert Thomas Crawford's life story that is filled with abandonment, betrayal, and abuse. Yet though all of the hardships this man has endured throughout his life, he still manages to shine and keep a large smile on his face.