Hundreds of Supporters Attend Memorial for 'The Waver'
Nearly 200 fans of a man known as "The Waver" here in Northern Nevada gathered Tuesday to give him a fitting send-off in Reno.
"He was about spreading kindness and goodwill," said Joanne Ferris. "And he will be missed."
"He used to write poetry at Park Lane Mall, you know," said Bruce McDaniel. " And he used to pass out rocks. Tranquility rocks to keep you from worrying."
"I just saw on his Facebook that he had passed away," said organizer Willie Puchert, "And figured the best way to pay tribute to him would be gather together, read some of his poetry and walk and wave."
And that's just what the group did.
Ed Carlson moved to Reno from Iowa in 1974 and he spent more than three decades here spreading goodwill. He'd walk the highways and through town waving as he went and passing on a smile. He loved his poetry and his rocks. He'd even hitch rides to Carson City and spread his goodwill there. And he became a social institution around town. He lived off of the goodwill of others who donated to his cause. He moved back to Iowa five years ago to live with his daughter. He passed away last week at the age 75.
He was a local legend...remembered in style by those who appreciated him.