Talk:Beatle Bob

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Beatle Bob should not be deleted because of his recognisability in the St. Louis community. He is something of a pop culture icon.

The above statement is not an argument that Mr. Matonis is "notable" under Wikipedia guidelines. Every village has its "eccentric" who is known for some type of OCD-like behavior and Mr. Matonis is the representative "eccentric" for a small burb of St. Louis that has a lot of music venues. There are far more prominent people, artists whose shows Mr. Matonis attends, who do not qualify for notability under Wiki guidelines. It's a travesty that a mere member of their audience should be regarded as more notable than they. He goes to music shows and he dances. That's it.

If Mr. Matonis is the subject of a Wikipedia article, it effectively opens the door for ANYONE to have an article based simply on his or her devotion to a particular pastime. This article should be speedily deleted from Wikipedia.

These notability litmus tests are what is ruining Wikipedia. Forunately, in Beatle Bob's case, there is a wiki about St. Louis that isn't full of jerks and stupid policies. Go see his page here: Beatle Bob on WikiLou. --Mijunkin 20:03, 23 October 2006 (UTC)

Having encountered Beatle Bob at SXSW, I would say he's notable. Andrewhime 18:26, 23 March 2007 (UTC)

Beatle Bob's presence is widely noted at many, many music festivals across the country (and some outside the country, as I understand). By no means is he just a St. Louis personality. Twalls 15:04, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

He was also the subject of a cartoon in the Riverfront Times last week (week of 4/12). Well, it was a parody of him, but you knew who they were referring to. And there have been articles written about him, so I think he even does meet the lame "notability" requirements wikipedia sets. Also, I removed the weasel words template from this talk's a freaking talk page, who cares if there are weasel words or not?

Can this cartoon be viewed online? Twalls 13:21, 23 April 2007 (UTC)

A photo of Beatle Bob was in the August, 2007 issue of Relix magazine in the photo montage from the 2007 Bonnaroo music festival. I saw Beatle Bob everywhere there and was curious who this guy was, so this article was helpful for those of us not from the St. Louis area. I agree with the point that it is better to include someone who for at least some people in some communities would be notable than setting up some litmus test.

There was an article in the April, 2008 issue of Blender magazine as well, with two photos.DarthWoo (talk) 23:22, 5 April 2008 (UTC)

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