Sterling Warren (a.k.a. BUTCH BEAMER) has an entire room filled with weird outfits. Ha has an army helmet from
World War I, a rubber Frog head, a grizzly suit, light up bow ties, bulb
He wears a costume every working days of his life- he’s a bartender at
the Taurus, The coconut Grove Steak House. Dressing up at becoming his
trademark. In his 16 years at Taurus, he had never worn the same thing
”It creates a bond among patrons”. He says,” If some man is shy and
he wants to talk to a woman, he doesn’t to ask her astrological sign. He
can he can just make a comment about me and then go from there."
But this costuming also affords self-help in the romance department. “It
does draw woman over, but for all the wrong reasons-they are the sort of
woman who would say, “This man is probably nuts,” but hope that maybe
I would still be this wild
once we got home”.
Married briefly at 39 and divorced, Sterling now 58 (in 94) has finally
fallen madly in love. They met in church, sterling says, he was not in
costume, and she does not infer anything serious from his penchant for
disguise. “It’s like a construction worker putting on a helmet, it’s
just something I do for my job.”
WHAT WE DON’T KNOW WHEN WE SEE YOU?
Whether I’m an outpatient. I’ve tried to keep it fun at the bar,
but I did go through an experience with alcohol and drugs. Thanks God that
I survived it. I literally saw the light , and it changed
my life totally. I have a lot of catching up to do, in fact, I
never will. But I figure I better do something for the damage I’ve done.
I’m very active in the church, I lead Monday morning prayer service, I
record college textbooks for the blind. People wouldn’t know that to
look at me.
YOUR WORST FAULT.
I have a host of faults, a legion of faults; I could make them laughable
eccentricities, or unmistakable marks of a sociopath.
WHAT YOUR MOTHER NEVER TAUGHT YOU?
She taught me to
say my prayer, she comforted me when my girl friend run away with a Rodeo
clown. She prepared me for everything except reality.
Seeing Drummers and dancers in native
costumes in the 1939 New York World’s Fair.
I was 4 years old; I said, “Where do
OF WHAT ARE YOU CLOSET FAN?
The Hare Kristmas. I got faithfully to the temple. They have a 4:00 am
temple service that would size the soul of the most hardened sinner. They
dance and chant they’re blowing on conch shells. I don’t begin to
understand the religion but there’s some sort of cosmic connection
there. I don’t know what it is , but I’m in. I’m an Episcopalism, but
I like to keep all bases covered
Woman. You bring them around any time, any place, and I’m charmed,
YOUR SENSE OF AMBITION?
More elaborate costumes.
The voices in my head.
THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?
In Wonderland. Then I went back to the library and I asked for something
else by Lewis Carrol, and she gave me some book on geometric equations. I
Copyright: Aldesign &
Midnight Blue Productionms February 2005