Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

'Pee-Wee' Herman Plugs Sarasota in Revival Story

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

'Pee-Wee' Herman Plugs Sarasota in Revival Story

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NATIONAL ATTENTION

Paul Reubens plugs his hometown of Sarasota and even does a little economic development in a just-published New York Times Magazine story exploring his life and efforts to revive his Pee-wee Herman character through a new Netflix movie debuting in March.

Though ultimately the site of Reubens' 1991 arrest for indecent exposure (an event that garnered international media attention), the artist credits his childhood home for ingraining in him "his adoration of the offbeat," Jonah Weiner writes in the article "Pee- wee's Big Comeback."

As the winter home of the Ringling Brothers circus, Weiner notes, "Reubens' childhood neighbors included lion tamers, high-wire artists and little people. Eccentricity was the norm: He recalls hearing explosions boom from one property, where, it emerged, a family of human cannonballs lived. …

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