Izzy

As the band begins to play, a man with a red beret and a white, trimmed beard takes the stage. He grins to the audience before launching into his perf...

As the band begins to play, a man with a red beret and a white, trimmed beard takes the stage. He grins to the audience before launching into his performance. His cigar and whiskey voice recites spoken word poetry as jazz music fills the background. He finishes his song and slides the microphone back into the stand before returning to his seat. As the next poet prepares to take the stage, friends and other audience members approach the man with smiles, compliments and handshakes.

The man is James "Izzy" Whetstine, a 75-year-old retired Railroad Yardmaster of 30 years, and he is no stranger to the performance scene in Eugene.

Read more: http://www.fluxstories.com/2013/05/izzy/