He was a short man with a beard and looked like a leprechaun. He probably didn’t intend a sociological experiment, but his experience gave us one to think about: We react to how people look.
“Every couple of years I’ll go out without a hat and I’ll dig way down in the bottom of my closet and find something that isn’t green and wear it out just to see the different reactions from people,” Buzzutto said. “All of a sudden people don’t want to meet your eye, don’t want to talk to you, because I’m so small that they’re afraid that they’re going to insult me if I catch them looking at me.”
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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