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Old 03-08-2012
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Unhappy Speaking of Leslie

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He had to put his real last name down when he registered as a candidate. If I recall correctly it is Cochran. Leslie is a very popular person in Austin. They consider him an icon.
I have the sad duty of relaying bad news from today's headlines.

http://www.chron.com/news/article/Au...Top+Stories%29

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A cross-dressing, often homeless man who became something of a local icon in Austin has died.

Valerie Romness says her friend Leslie Cochran died shortly after midnight Thursday of complications from a brain injury. Cochran was 60.

Cochran was known to cruise around downtown for years in tiaras, dresses and women's underwear. He became the butt of politicians' jokes and the man posing next to countless tourists in photos.

Cochran ran for mayor multiple times in Texas' capital city, which has an unofficial motto, "Keep Austin Weird." If elected, Cochran promised to plant more trees and wear more conservative dresses to "respect the office."

His friends plan to gather later Thursday at Austin City Hall for a parade in his honor.
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60 is too young. RIP
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Ya, but he had more fun than most of us ever will!
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agreed!!!!
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As was published this morning by a long-time Austin pundit...

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The life of Leslie Cochran, to paraphrase an old saying seemingly written for him, was not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather one which skidded in sideways with throttle full-out, covered in scars, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming, "whoo-hoo, what a ride!!"
Leslie was an odd one alright, but Austin embraced him... and Austin is in mourning today.
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Well hail, who'd'a thunk - there's a biopic in the works....
https://austin.com/the-leslie-cochra...ood-youll-cry/

[Edit: biopic premieres March 8.]
Item: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_Cochran
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takes you back to a time when Austin was a little more weird
When was Austin LESS Weird?
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