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Wendell Brown dies at 69; homeless man offered up inspirational poems
Wendell Brown dies at 69; homeless man offered up inspirational poems

Motorists and passersby near Vicente Foods on San Vicente Boulevard in Brentwood long ago grew accustomed to seeing a smiling Wendell Brown hold up a sign: Poems to Go or Uplifting Poems to Go. Many of them viewed it as an invitation to roll down a window, hand the tall, bearded Brown a dollar — or, surprisingly often, $20 — and get a verse in return. "Ballad of a Bushman" was one: Some clustered bushes shelter me, In loneliness and misery, They shield me from the wind and cold, And help keep what hopes I hold. Brown, a homeless man who battled depression after serving in Vietnam but who won people's hearts with his upbeat demeanor and poems about...

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