Tea Krulos is an award-winning journalist and author from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Some of his favorite subjects to explore include subcultures and social movements, weird news, the paranormal, and conspiracies. He joined Ian Punnett (Twitter) to discuss his journey into the strange subculture of Real Life Superheroes (RLSH) — random citizens who have adopted comic book–style personas and hit the streets to fight injustice. The first RLSH Krulos met was a man in Milwaukee who called himself The Watchman. "I really got a lot of what he was saying about wanting to try to make the world a better place," he said, noting The Watchman put in a good word about him to the rest of the RLSH community.
According to Krulos, the most action packed adventure he had was in Seattle where he went on patrol with Phoenix Jones and members of the Rain City Superhero Movement. "I had one of the most frightening nights of my life," he admitted. Phoenix Jones pepper sprayed a group of Russian men fighting in the streets which, understandably, made them angry, Krulos recalled. He got punched in the face that night and almost run over by a car. "It's not like the comic books at all," Krulos continued, noting Phoenix Jones' actions made the situation worse and he went to jail that night. He also touched on Richard McCaslin, aka the Phantom Patriot, who attempted to raid the secret society retreat Bohemian Grove to rescue people he believed were imprisoned there. McCaslin went to prison for six and a half years, Krulos reported.
Open Lines followed in the latter half of the program. Nolan phoned in from his Texas ranch where he claimed to have spotted UFOs over the back pasture. "I'll be on the back of my truck and my son will say, 'stop,' and I promise you we see lights in the sky that I can't explain," he said. Nolan described seeing a bright light that remained in view, vanished within seconds, then reappeared. Rich in Milwaukee told Ian he proclaimed himself to be 'Yard Waste' man at 55 years old because he could perform the grueling physical demands of hauling yard waste all day, something he noted that much younger males could not do to his level.
Rose from Pueblo, Colorado, called in with an extraordinary revelation: "I am a superhero and I come from outer space.” According to Rose, her superhero persona is named after the place of her birth, Pronghorn 11. "It's like a pool of love... it's just beautiful, it's heavenly," she said about her home planet. There are others from Pronghorn 11 on Earth but their identities are secret, Rose revealed. She described her role as an ambassador to promote love and respect among earthlings. Rose also admitted to having her spaceship hidden in New Mexico, and to holding down a regular job. "I'm actually pretending to be an earthling, and I do have an earthling job," she explained.
News segment guest: Tim Binnall