Poppa Neutrino dies
NEW ORLEANS, LA.
January 28, 2011
• Dubbed the happiest man in the world
• Was a Central Valley original
Fresno-born philosopher David Pearlman, who in later life after a near-death experience called himself Poppa Neutrino, died Jan. 23 in New Orleans, the New York Times reports today.
He was 77. The cause of death was congestive heart failure.
See link below for the NYT obituary
Mr. Pearlman once crossed the Atlantic Ocean piloting a homemade raft strung together with rope, scrap wood, empty plastic jugs and foam blocks, navigating from Nova Scotia to Ireland.
He taught “triadic thinking” and empowerment to people trapped by jobs and rent, according to a biography on Wikipedia.
He eked out a living as a street musician and was the subject of New York media curiosity for years, with one book written about him (“The Happiest Man in the World: An Account of the Life of Poppa Neutrino,” by Alec Wilkinson) as well as articles in magazines and newspapers and a National Geographic television program.