And I for one couldn’t be happier. Of course, I don’t live in Memphis but as the gateway to Zambodia, Mongo apparently felt more at ease in the Bluff on the Big Muddy than he did in Florida, where he got into a little bit of trouble. Again.
In returning to the Bluff City, however, Mongo left behind a neighborhood conflict that culminated in an earthly criminal complaint against the self-described alien from Zambodia.
The latest in Mongo’s Florida fuss began when the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office questioned him about nude paintings in his front yard.
For Mongo’s retiree neighbors, the alfresco art display should not have seemed strange. Following a dispute over the placement of a wooden deck, Mongo began to decorate his $300,000 home south of Daytona Beach so absurdly — a multicolored pastel paint job, women’s underwear in the front yard, a 5-foot hill of sand — that he earned a pile of code violations and a healthy dose of publicity.
As a perennial candidate for mayor, Mongo is back. And I wonder what he will be up to next.
For extra goodness and in honor of Otis Sanford at the Commercial Appeal’s pending retirement, I offer you this from 1981 when the now defunct television show Real People spotlighted Mongo and Otis was there to comment on Memphis’ favorite Prince (not to be confused with the King. That’d be Elvis. Otis’ part starts about 5:45 into the video.)