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McGowan and Bumbleché, the 2nd and 3rd Worst/Baddest Gurus in the West?

“We Go Where We’re Not Wanted” –Trungpa Bumbleché

 Whitman McGowan, “The World’s Most Beloved Unknown Humorist” is an honorary druid, having been conferred this distinction by Tezra the Pythoness of The New Reformed Druids of North America during the taping of the White Folks Was Wild Once, Too video at Baker Beach, San Francisco in December of 1990. He was given the sobriquet Trungpa Bumbleché by Bay Area Buddhist hymnist Shaku Shotoku during his early years when he was being “mentored”  by The Jura Lama. He’s also a newly ordained Universal Life Church minister, but has yet to officiate at any ceremonies and may never actually function as a clergyman, but it feels good to have clicked his mouse on the ULC website.
Whitman McGowan, “The World’s Most Beloved Unknown Humorist” is an honorary druid, having been conferred this distinction by Tezra the Pythoness of The New Reformed Druids of North America during the taping of the White Folks Was Wild Once, Too video at Baker Beach, San Francisco in December of 1990. He was given the sobriquet Trungpa Bumbleché by Bay Area Buddhist hymnist Shaku Shotoku a decade or so later when he was channeling The Jura Lama. He’s also a newly ordained Universal Life Church minister, but has yet to officiate at any ceremonies and may never actually function as a clergyman, but it feels good to have clicked his mouse on the ULC website.
“Rev.” Whitman McGowan bio

17 years good student son of military intelligence analysts

8 years hippie poet/small gauge filmmaker and videographer

9 years Hollywood jack-of-all-trades/Pasadena barista poet

21 years San Francisco bldg. mgr./spoken word artiste

A dozen+ years keen senior golfer/semi-retired guru of nonbelief

= the better part of a hundred years of polishing his subgenius

WHITMAN McGOWAN
old and improved

poetry  spoken word
chants  rants  profound silences
rhymes and other crimes against inanity
poetainment!  spokaoke!
outside talker  humorist

WHITMAN McGOWAN started his spoken word career reading poems at a back alley coffeehouse, The Espresso Bar in Pasadena, California, where he put poems for a dollar each on the menu. After moving north to San Francisco (where his UC Santa Barbara teacher Kenneth Rexroth previously held a famous salon) he became best known for crafting a pagan anthem, “White Folks Was Wild Once, Too.” Whitman appeared before the stoned heads of Europe, touring a number of times around the Millennium, twice with rock and roll revue Le Cirque Electrique, collaborating with excellent musicians of all types. Along the way he garnered the title of nightclub wrestling champion of Dresden, Germany and acquired an alter ego, Trungpa Bumbleché.
 He’s been published in Salon, Public House (the Edinburgh Castle Pub anthology) and a hundred other places. His spoken word & music recordings (including the recently released Look What the Cat Dragged in Again) combine storytelling, chant, comedy and talksinging. Around the end of this year his San Francisco imprint Viridiana is coming out with a collection of his greatest performance hits, illustrated by former Firesign Theater art director Bruce Litz.
Besides this tome, known as Uncommon Knowledge, the magnum opus, more is on the way…A collection of Trungpa Bumbleché sayings is in the works. The title is a secret. But wait, there’s more! A new cd is being produced with Hollywood maestro William Ashford providing the music. Salon des Refusés features a collection of pieces that have been too hot to deal with legally until now!!
 
And yes, the Trungpa B. book “Fragments of The Jura Lama”  is still in the works!
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