Originally published January 22, 2010 at 04:38p.m., updated January 22, 2010 at 05:13p.m.

White Owl gets probation, ordered not to return to KU campus


Jimmy Tucker, also known as White Owl, was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered not to return to Kansas University after pleading no contest to a charge of violating a protection order, Douglas County prosecutors and court records said Friday.

The 62-year-old Lawrence man is known to frequent campus and make noise and wave at people.


KEITHMILES05 10 years, 1 month ago

Is this really necessary to put out for public consumption? Sad.

KU 10 years, 1 month ago

His name is White Owl? I always called him "Horse's Ass". My bad.

Remember "Tan Man" on Wescoe Beach back in the 1980s? Maybe these guys are brothers.

Robert Brock 10 years, 1 month ago

Man, this is a major, breaking news story! Get out of the way, Haiti. Get out of the way Supreme Court. Get out of the way Robber Baron Bankers. Make way for White Owl...

LAJayhawk 10 years, 1 month ago

Is he the same as "That's My Dillions?" I kinda miss that guy....

Matt Kenton 10 years, 1 month ago

I'm glad it was reported. The way it was reported was trying to be funny, I think.

In addition to frequenting campus and making noise and waving at people, he was at just about every KU football game this year interacting with the crowd, which might make the news a little more relevant to this web site.

Benjamin Piehler 10 years, 1 month ago

im sure this is another of lew perkins pet peeves that were solved the hard way

Kent Wells 10 years, 1 month ago

Is this another hoax??? I can't believe I tapped this link (or posted).

KU: I remember Tan Man. I'm guessing skin cancer got him.

Matt Kenton 10 years, 1 month ago

What about Wendell? I think he's still around...

Herb Derpson 10 years, 1 month ago

Wendell stays around the Bottleneck and doesn't jack around on campus

Jonathan Allison 10 years, 1 month ago

violating a protection order... creepy. I read that he married some 19 year old a couple years ago

Funhawk 10 years, 1 month ago

No longer living in Lawrence, so not familiar with White Owl. But, I do remember the Tan Man. Tan Man was around in the 70s, too. Walking to class in 1976 on the Hill, I remember seeing Tan Man every day sitting lotus style on a bench, almost naked. And, the Hare Krishnas with shaved heads and white robes, dancing in circles. Remember encountering many cults on the hill. All sorts of strange, loud, vocal people everywhere in Lawrence in the early/mid 70s. They were tolerated and intriguing and who wanted a protective order.

ChicagoJHawk 10 years, 1 month ago

Is White Owl that old man with long whh/gray hair thats always wearing a tie-dye hippie t-shirt, that you always see on tv, @ the football games?

Mike Kendall 10 years, 1 month ago

Yes, I remember this guy. Every sports team has one, right? Remember the guy that just had a barrel on at the Denver Broncos game? He was weird!!!!!!!

Yakihawk 10 years, 1 month ago

Nice LA,

"That's My Dillons" is one of my favorites! In the sea of people at Day on the Hill '92 (Pearl Jam?), he looked like 'Waldo' waiting to be found!

rockchalkAZ 10 years, 1 month ago

hahahaha yes! white owl is jaybate. that's awesome

cardinco 10 years, 1 month ago

Is "That's my Dillon's" the guy that always had his arms at waist level? That's the guy we always called "Bird Man" in the early to mid 90's.

rkhawk 10 years, 1 month ago

If the University of Kansas has nothing better to do than "observe" White Owl, than things are in a sorry shape.

jayhawkinATL 10 years, 1 month ago

He (White Owl) even made it down to the Orange Bowl. He was selling "White Owl" t-shirts.

Tim Orel 10 years, 1 month ago

Per the comment up above, and I'm not sure if fans here care much, but Barrel Man Tim McKernan, who last attended a game in 2007, died last month. The Broncos did something to honor him at a game - I think the KC one which of course did not turn out so well for the Broncos.

Kent Wells 10 years, 1 month ago

"The 62-year-old Lawrence man is known to frequent campus and make noise and wave at people."

I'm curious... Is waving at people a felony or misdemeanor? If so, my posts here might be numbered. I could be going away for a while.

jayhawkinATL 10 years, 1 month ago

Anyone remember "Crazy George"? Worked for a number of NFL teams and did a stint for the Chiefs. Always carried around a drum.

seewillie 10 years, 1 month ago

They oughta just leave that guy alone...adds a little spice to the football games. Does anybody know what happened to Tan Man. I remember him vividly from the 70's, out riding his old balloon tire bike in 10 degree weather with nothin' but bermuda shorts and converse tennis shoes with no socks. He used to come up to everybody and put his forearm up to yours to compare "tans"....he was always tanner than you were, no matter the time of year....guess they woulda banned him too

tiggerbasher 10 years, 1 month ago

The TAN MAN. That sure brings back memories. Anyone know if the guy is still around or alive??. I remember that you wouldn't see him Dec-March and then...He's BACK......

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 1 month ago

Wells -

So, you think you're a "serial waver"?

I'm sure somewhere there must be a rehab center for those who suffer from your addiction.

Hope you get better!

Keep your hands in your pockets man. Well, that could be a problem too. Damn, you just can't have any fun anymore!

John Randall 10 years, 1 month ago

Who instigated this case against an iconoclast who is no threat to anyone?

Take that back -- he must be threatening to those who believe we shouldn't be exposed to anyone except beautiful, politically corrects paragons of their vision for KU as mini-Mass of the midwest.

Find this person and serve them with an injunction against making any decisions until they realize the difference between what (they are sure) is RIGHT and WRONG (abstract moral concepts) and dealing rationally with what is SO (ascertainable reality).

I arrived on 'the hill' in 1958 for the final round of competition for the Summerfield Scholarships to be awarded for the next fall, having never seen a (non-Negro, not black) AfricanAmerican closer than from the stands when Marcus Haynes All-Stars made some local talent look like fools. That week was also my first face-to-face contact with anyone who would admit to being a Democrat.

Both exposures helped in my development as an adversary to bigotry in any form, and I would hope Mt. Oread can continue fostering that kind of growth -- both among its students and its administrators.

Remember, the PC Police are no less bigoted than the KKK.


Dale Sprague 10 years, 1 month ago

Dang! Does this mean White Owl will miss the 2010 football season ?

Wonder where he got that knit tamoshanter hat ? Could use about a hundred of those in the stadium stands !

Corkwis 10 years, 1 month ago

Hey KU62,

It was his former 20-something fiance who had the restraining order against him that he violated.

That's who he was threatening.

Try learning something before you spout off.

Vardar3285 10 years, 1 month ago

I think this says more about the 20 something fiance than it does white owl.

FreddyinLA 10 years, 1 month ago

Also remember Tan Man from the early 80's. He really cleaned his act up after that. Last I seen him he was running Countrywide selling mortgages to fools in Cali.

jayhawkjoe98 10 years, 1 month ago

White Owl stole some books from the library on campus. The dude deserves to be banned.

Sparko 10 years, 1 month ago

So much for the benign hippy image. Growing up in Lawrence in the 60s, I remember being terrified of racial violence, junkies, and the anarchists that plagued the area. Bombings, arson, and shootings always cast a bit of a pall over the the funny antics. There was always a dark side to the outrageous narcissists; it frustrated them that their outrageous behavior and not mesmerizing ideas were what drew attention. Sad. White Owl is really Jimmy the Weasel. There was no there there.

yovoy 10 years, 1 month ago

the last time i saw the tan man, was probably '95 after we play mizzou at mizzou. he was outside a trailer on north michigan, standing in next to the street looking up at where the sun should be, but it was overcast.

"blank", or that's my dillon's is the source of some of my favorite "locals" stories. he uses 2 voices. a high-pitched voice when he sees his reflection like he used to down between weaver's and raney drugs. his second is a sonorous, "radio" voice. he uses that when he's talking to other people.

as for "white owl" and his offenses, i guess it's only okay to possess weed and steal book from the u if you're in your twenties or an athlete. sheesh.

Adam Evans 10 years, 1 month ago

I find it funny that so many people are jumping in saying that this was a bad thing. He was accused of stealing books out of a KU library...if he is stealing things on campus, he shouldn't be there. Not so much harmless in my opinion.

djgratt59 10 years, 1 month ago

There was a guy in Tucson that made a suit made of 1 cent coins (a penny suit) that frequented the campus, this was back in the early 90's. And one day the Tucson police arrested him on campus. He did nothing but wear that copper sheet onto campus. But the Nazis had nothing better to do that day.

okiedave 10 years, 1 month ago

Anybody remember the hippie during about 1969-70 who ran for Sheriff in Douglas County. When interviewed by the LJW and was asked if he thought their was a marijuana drug problem in Lawrence, he said there was a marijuana drug problem because of a lot of the stuff being sold was not the real good stuff and that he was committed to passing truth in packaging laws.

Self4Prez 10 years, 1 month ago

Does anyone remember the guy who would walk around on Mass with the Polaroid camera in the late 90’s? He was peddling his pictures to us drunkards after the bars closed and would say 'picture picture!' Because of this, my friends and I came to call him 'picture picture.' That guy was hilarious! I’m sure the advent of the camera phone really hurt business…

Shelfass4Prez 10 years, 1 month ago

Ohhhh Sure. I remember Picture Picture and the station wagon that he lived in. Some people used to mess with him pretty bad. Does anybody remember the lady with the huge, out of proportion butt that worked at Mrs. E's Cafeteria? If so, do you have any pictures. Nobody believes quite how incredible it really is without seeing it for themselves.

ChicagoJHawk 10 years, 1 month ago

Oh yes, how could I forget Mary?? Her hips used to jiggle like freaking jello. It might have something to do with that cup or 2 of ice cream she would eat every morning. I don't feel bad for making fun of her at all, b/c she was really mean to me & a lot of other students.

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