Those of us who have seen the Milverine stride-with-purpose through numerous Milwaukee neighborhoods had limited knowledge about the man behind the local legend. Until now, that is.
In a nine-minute documentary video, Vice unearths new details about the Milverine that Milwaukeeans who are already fans of the burly, often-shirtless, fast-walking man – whose real name is John Hamann – will find incredible.
Interesting factoids include the identification of an ad guy in the Third Ward who allegedly gave Hamann the superhero nickname because he thought he looked like Marvel's Wolverine character, played by Hugh Jackman.
"I look like the comic more (than the character in the movies). Jackman looks like a pretty boy dancer type. If he and I got in a fight, he'd lose," says Hamann in the clip.
Hamann also says he's never left Milwaukee and never will. He plans to "haunt everybody forever," presumably meaning after he dies. Other gems include Hamann saying "you can tell the Milwaukee Art Museum was done by geniuses," that Bradford Beach is far superior to Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, and that Milwaukee, in general, "is where all the intelligent people are" and is "the height of civilization."
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.