Magazine article Newsweek International

Fruit of the Loon

Magazine article Newsweek International

Fruit of the Loon

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The "Naked Cowboy" actually wears cowboy boots and briefs--but he still stops traffic in New York's Times Square. Aspiring country singer, bodybuilder and patriot John Robert Burck performs his brand of artistry in the flesh (standing around nearly naked with a guitar) every day, and was on a 100-day streak of Big Apple appearances--at least, until September 11. He returned home to Cincinnati to "let NYC heal." Just one week later, though, he was back on the "job" in Times Square. PERI's Gretel C. Kovach caught up with the nearly nude dude:

Is strutting around naked the American way?

The only, only way to express your patriotism is to live life the way you want to. Naked Cowboy was my idea. I am the epitome of the American dream. I'm Captain America, but better.

You've thanked God for your successes.

God wants us to be ourselves. When I stand out there it makes absolutely no sense to anyone, and they laugh. …

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