Remember When Rochester Had it’s Own Real-Life Superhero?
Something popped up on my Facebook newsfeed the other day, and I couldn't believe I'd forgotten all about how The Med City had it's very own superhero once upon a time.
Superheroes are all the rage these days. It seems you can't go more than a few months without another comic book legend hitting the big screen, their latest adventure going digital on a XBOX or Playstation 4 video game, or their figurines appearing on the toy shelves at the local Target. Marvel's 'Black Panther' is hitting the theaters February 16 and it's already tracking for a record-breaking debut so as of now signs are showing the whole superhero genre won't be slowing down anytime soon.
But that brings me to our real-life superheroes. Many of them wear badges and put their own lives before others every day. I could never do what they do and I'm thankful for every single one of them. But much like Batman watches over Gotham City or Superman with Metropolis, we too once had (or still do?) a guardian of sorts to protect the innocent and uphold the law within Rochester's city limits.
Does anyone remember the Emerald Enforcer "Geist"?
According to this article from City Pages back in 2008, we had real-life superhero wandering our streets! Geist did everything from safety patrols, attending charity events, and even painting over graffiti in town.
Fascinated, I continued my research and as recent as 2013, Baklol.com described Geist as such:
In Rochester, MN, there is a superhero named Geist. A white collar worker by day, but a true superhero by night, working at night to stop vandals and burglars from committing crimes in the city. An advocate for the homeless, Geist helps in every way that he can to feed the hungry and provide warmth for those sleeping on the streets.
Unless he's hung up his Space-Cowboy chic costume, Geist is (or was) part of The Real Life Superhero Project where superheroes like Phantom Zero, Mr. Xtreme and The Crimson Fist are all spread all across the United States.
Maybe these guys will have their own line of figurines someday? I mean, Slider has his own bobble-head, why not a Geist action figure?
If you're still out there Geist, maybe you should make an appearance here at 106.9 KROC! The door is always open...