RENO, NV -- Fans of the late Ed Carlson, known as "The Waver" to Northern Nevadans, will pay tribute to his life and the many lives he touched at noon, on Tuesday, January 1st by assembling at Reno City Plaza for a short memorial service. Following the service attendees will then walk one mile south on South Virginia Street while waving to oncoming traffic as The Waver did for some many years before returning to City Plaza.
The Waver, 75, who passed away last Friday, walked the 30-mile stretch of US 395 between Reno and Carson City while waving to oncoming motorists with a smile for more than 30 years, from 1974 into the early part of the last decade.
Carlson told the Reno Gazette-Journal, just a week before he died, that he estimated, "In all those years, I walked the equivalent of 10 times around the world."
Aside from his daily walk, The Waver shared the following inspirational poem with the many people he met over his lifetime:
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