The Happiest Man in the World

The Happiest Man in the World

An Account of the Life of Poppa Neutrino

Book - 2007
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Random House, Inc.
The Happiest Man in the World buoyantly describes seventy-four-year-old David Pearlman, a restless and migratory soul, a mariner, a musician, a member of the Explorers Club and a friend of the San Francisco Beats, a former preacher and sign painter, a polymath, a pauper, and a football strategist for the Red Mesa Redskins of the Navajo Nation. When Pearlman was fifty, he was bitten on the hand by a dog in Mexico and for two years got so sick that he thought he would die. When he recovered, he felt so different that he decided he needed a new name. He began calling himself Poppa Neutrino, after the itinerant particle that is so small it can hardly be detected. To Neutrino, the particle represents the elements of the hidden life that assert themselves discreetly.

Inspired by Thor Heyerdahl and Kon-Tiki, Neutrino is the only man ever to build a raft from garbage he found on the streets of New York and sail it across the North Atlantic.
The New York Daily News described the accomplishment as “the sail of the century.” National Geographic broadcast an account of the trip as part of its series on extreme adventures. And now he is on a quest to cross the Pacific on a raft. If he makes it, he plans to continue around the world. No one has ever sailed around the world on a raft. Meanwhile, he has invented the Neutrino Clock Offense, an unstoppable football play, which a former coach of the New York Jets describes as being as innovative as the forward pass.

The philosophical underpinnings of Neutrino’s existence are what he calls Triads, a concept worked out after years of reading and reflection. He believes that each person, to be truly happy, must define his or her three deepest desires and pursue them remorselessly. Freedom, Joy, and Art are Neutrino’s three.
The Happiest Man in the World is a lavish, exotic, funny, and deeply serious book about a man who has led a life of profound engagement and ceaseless adventure.

Baker & Taylor
David Pearlman, 74, is a restless and migratory soul, a mariner, a musician, a member of the Explorers Club and a friend of the San Francisco Beats, a former preacher and sign painter, a polymath, a pauper, and a football strategist for the Red Mesa Redskins of the Navajo Nation. When he recovered from a near-fatal illness at 50, he felt so different that he decided he needed a new name, and began calling himself Poppa Neutrino. He believes that each person, to be truly happy, must define his or her three deepest desires and pursue them remorselessly. Inspired by Thor Heyerdahl, Neutrino is the only man ever to build a raft from garbage he found on the streets of New York and sail it across the North Atlantic. Meanwhile, he invented an unstoppable football play, which one coach describes as being as innovative as the forward pass.--From publisher description.

Blackwell North Amer
The Happiest Man in the World describes seventy-four-year-old David Pearlman, a restless and migratory soul, a mariner, a musician, a member of the Explorers Club and a friend of the San Francisco beats, a former preacher and sign painter, a polymath, a pauper, and a football strategist for the Red Mesa Redskins of the Navajo Nation. When Pearlman was fifty, he was bitten on the hand by a dog in Mexico and for two years was so sick that he thought he would die. When he recovered, he felt so different that he decided he needed a new name. He began calling himself Poppa Neutrino, after the itinerant particle that is so small it can hardly be detected. To Neutrino, the particle represents the elements of the hidden life that assert themselves discreetly.
Inspired by Thor Heyerdahl and Kon-Tiki, Neutrino is the only man ever to build a raft from garbage he found on the streets and sail it across the Atlantic. The New York Daily News described the accomplishment as "the sail of the century." National Geographic broadcast an account of the trip as part of its series on extreme adventures. And now he is on a quest to cross the Pacific on a raft. If he makes it, he plans to continue around the world. (In the meantime, he has also invented the Neutrino Clock Offense, a football play that a former coach of the New York Jets describes as being as innovative as the forward pass.)
The philosophical underpinnings of Neutrino's existence are what he calls Triads, a concept worked out after years of reading and reflection. He believes that each person, to be truly happy, must define his or her three deepest desires and pursue them remorselessly. Freedom, Joy, and Art are Neutrino's.

Baker
& Taylor

Furnishes a colorful portrait of the eccentric Poppa Neutrino, a vagabond who has cobbled together a life considered by most to be outside of normality, documenting his various roles as a street musician, San Francisco beatnik, football enthusiast, and wanderer, as well as the lives of his followers, including his three wives. 35,000 first printing.
Presents a portrait of the eccentric Poppa Neutrino, a vagabond who has cobbled together a life of various roles, including a street musician, San Francisco beatnik, football enthusiast, and wanderer.

Publisher: New York : Random House, 2007
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781400065431
1400065437
Branch Call Number: 910.92 NEUTR WILKI
Characteristics: 301 pages

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