Permit me, with a photo my wife Susan took of him a couple months before he passed, to recall one of Silver Lake’s beloved cast of street characters — El Circo Loco (né Antonio Ruiz) — whose death was five years ago today.
What I wrote on the one-year anniversary still covers how I feel:
Every time I’ve since passed the corners of Golden Gate and Sunset Boulevard where I most often saw him living his life out loud and leading his one-man parades, I still look for him and I still can’t believe he and his colorful extravagance now live only in the hearts and memories of those who miss him so, like me.
Viva El Circo Loco! Viva Antonio Ruiz!