The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 21, 1968 · Page 78
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 78

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Thursday, November 21, 1968
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Downtown Section, Thurs., Nov. 21, 196813 Vancouver's Jester Out 'To Shake Up Establishment' "What place can there be -For one who would sing to "While the pain and filth of "Oh, the dark fool is loose In for a minister now, against a likely power his little rog- war goes on and we lack for the world and the fool of joy these ghastly times ulsh rhymes. bread Is dead." By ROBERT C. MCCON ACH1E "When I was a little boy, I had but little wit "This a long time ago, and I have no more yel ,' "For the longer 1 live, the ' more fool am I." '. VANCOUVER, B.C. (UP1) JThe old-fashioned Jester ap- pears to have had a tendency '. to talk In riddles and rhymes, ; a philosopher with the wisdom ' of Mother Goose, an ability to ! exist on scant earnings and a disregard for material objects. Vancouver's "town fool", Joachim Foikls, who holds a B.A. In theology and a B.A. in economics, has all these things and more. Since he received his first $3,500 Canada Council grant April 1, 1967, "to revive the ancient and time-honored tradition of town fool," Foikls has toured almost every major North American city attempt- WEST PAIM BEACHES COMPLETE i MEN'S COMPLETE TUmKGWim SALE Qfv WEAR Martin and Rebecca, 2. 'The best thing that kids can do is turn on their parents," he said. "I tell them "Look, you ( have enough love to give to your parents when you grow up. You won't do It the way your parents did It. You know what your parents did to your grandparents? They shoved them to the outer darkness of society and they left them In old people's homes to rot." "A good education Is the best thing that parents can give their children in return of that love," Foikls told the small audience that had gathered. "Education and ecstasy this Is the thing," Foikls phi-losophled. "Education is ecstasy and ecstasy Is true education." "But, the educators that they have In the schools prevent change that means the educators are not educator?, they are hypocrites. Education is change and the educators' Job In our society is to prevent change." And what Is his next move to destroy this "madness" of the heart? "Teachers believe madness is of the mind; madness Is only of the heart." "My next step Is to move away from this world and Into another world," Foikls answered as he picked up his "bauble," a symbol of the mace used In Parliament, Indicating the "fool-In" was over. "Out of our world and out of your world and Into another world." Foikls ended his dally lecture by quoting from a poem written during the First World War by Canadian poet Tom McGuiness: lng to "turn on" the citizens. "My function Is to do what I'm doing," Foikls said, sitting cross-legged on the steps of Vancouver's Court House where he gives dally lectures: "My name Is Greek. Foikls-mean 'big fish.' My Job is to be the whale and to grind you up, to put you to the acid test and to pick out your problem so you may step out." Describing himself as a "bungling apprentice" In his Job as fool, the slim 36-year-old polish immigrant said he "gets down Into a village like an airy spirit to turn the people on." Dressed Joker-style In a 14th Century scarlet and blue costume, which he fashioned himself to symbolize the "marriage of heaven and hell," one of the Jester's dally pastimes Is engaging townsfolk in spirited debates over any topic they care to argue. "I'm a Mother Goose witness," he stated. "Jehovah Witnesses say the world is coming to an end tomorrow. I say the world is just beginning maybe today." "And you better turn on," he warns. "Shaking up the establishment" is another of the Iconoclast's favorite functions. In his opinion the courts are a "mockery," teachers are "hypocrites" and where religion Is concerned "the artists are the true ministers of the soul. 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