He was a mystery. Nobody really knew where he came from or why he continuously tramped a 364-mile loop that covered western Connecticut and northern Westchester County. People who lived in the small towns along the Leather Man’s path, said they could practically set their clocks by him.
Even in the hottest months of summer, he wore an odd suit of clothes made of leather. He rarely spoke, but he gladly took handouts of food.
A collection of contemporary newspaper stories about the legendary eccentric were put together by Dan. W Deluca in a new book called “The Old Leather Man.”
DeLuca will be the featured guest on my “High Noon” radio program tommorow (Thursday) at 12 noon. Tune in to 1460 AM or log on to wvox.com.