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The Trickle - Salmon River Cavemen

April 26, 2010 - Brian Ferry


Some people (all of them so far have been Times Observer personnel and therefor suspect in their reasons) have complained that posting two or more blogs in one day (something I've done several times) doesn't enable the reader to simply find the newest post with confidence that there isn't another post they've missed. I say Phlbbffffft to that. I can't imagine anyone out there who dedicates enough time to my blog that they check every day.


Richard "Dugout Dick" Zimmerman died recently at the age of 94. He was the last of Idaho's river-canyon loners, according to He lived a simple, rustic life without a television or a telephone, sharing the cave-like dwellings he fashioned with a dog, cats, and the music from his guitars. The World War II veteran was featured in National Geographic but refused several invitations to the Tonight Show. He began his caveman life in 1947. He remained a cave dweller, making spending money by sub-letting some of his space for $2 a night or $25 a month, until his failing health brought a friend to move him to a care center at age 93. Zimmerman walked out. Back to his cave.

Unfortunately for this compelling story, I'm about to add my rationale for blogging about it. I went back to circulation and asked for a blog topic that I could work on immediately. For some reason, Adam had a collated, stapled, three-page printout of this story from the Statesman in his hand. He promptly gave it to me and I read about the caveman. I don't think Adam meant to give me the recipe for Old-Fashioned Apple Spice Cake. I'll return that. Does give me some insight into Adam, though. Not what I'd expect.


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