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- Interviews by: David Aiken – The Checkerboard Guy
- Interviewees: Robert Nelson – The Butterfly Man and Martin Ewen
- Original Recording Dates: Robert: May 9, 2012 • Martin: January 3, 2019
- Date: Aired: March 15, 2019
- Locations: Robert: Recorded via Skype, Robert in Pahoa, Hawaii, David in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. Martin’s interview was recorded in the heart of Wellington, New Zealand in an alcove of the Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand
- Mixed and edited by: David Aiken for The Busker Hall of Fame
Comments: What is it about boys and trucks? And in this case, what is it about this specific 1961 Morris Minor Pick-Up Truck that captivated the imagination of two very different performers? Did the truck really have a personality of it’s own or was this vehicle simply a reflection of the person who owned it when they owned it, how they treated it when they drove it, and what it brought to their lives?
For Robert it seemed to be an outlet to exercise his OCD in spite of a general ignorance of all things mechanical. His pig-headed tenacity (and a ridiculous amount of money) willed the truck back to life, but seemingly on the truck’s terms. For Martin the truck was just that, a truck – a cute truck sure, but still, just a truck and the perfect performance partner for his shenanigans on the Big Island of Hawaii.
David Aiken originally recorded Robert Nelson talking about his ‘Tonkah’ Truck back in May of 2012 and then picked up the conversation with Martin Ewen in January of 2019 to discover how the truck influenced each clown in it’s own way. Two clown, one truck and one hell of a journey!
Bonus Materials from Images and Links from the Tonkah’s History –
Robert and Kumi outside of their house near Venice Beach, CA in the early 90’s.
Robert and Martin posing in their Busker Hall of Fame t-shirts which feature the Butterfly Skull prior to Robert’s Death. This shot was taken on July 6, 2012.
Once again this 1961 Morris Minor pick-up truck is down to bare metal and primer. Two clowns love of this vehicle and the desire to keep it rolling and looking good.
New floors waiting to go in.
Red truck, red stilt pants… Perfection!
Video – The Exchange from one clown to another.
Video: Goat Facilitation.
Video: Goat in the Machine
Video: The Original ‘Comedians in Cars’ ride with Rumple
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