It seems Louie's greatest achievement is bringing a smile to people
all over Queens traveling along the Long Island Expressway. Most visible
along pedestrian overpasses near the Queens Center Mall, Louise dresses
head to toe in his patriotic regalia: reds, whites and blues and is
always with an Uncle Sam-style tove top hat. His custome also includes
a dazzling array of flags attached to his clothing, plus one clutched
by each hand waving in perpetual greeting to all the encounters.
MOST OUTGRAGEOUS ACT:
His lone act of waving flags dressed in full-length patriotic on a daily
over the Long Island Expressway seems outgrageous enough.
Is this really necessary? Take a look at the photo, not even Frank Skala's
colorful, loud, Hawaiian motif can compete with Loud the Flag Man.
According to Louie, making people smile is his goal. And if you talk
to someone who sees him on daily basis, he is more than a success.
by Ira Cohen