Early this morning famed Vermonter, Fred Tuttle passed away.
Retired dairy farmer Fred Tuttle knows how to milk things for all they're worth. Take fame. He felt like a genuine movie star. Everywhere he went, people knew him and wanted his autograph. Tuttle exclaimed, 'People I never saw before would say 'Hi Fred, how's it going?' Fred Tuttle became a cult figure of sorts in his native Vermont, thanks to his hilarious turn in 'Man with a Plan,' an acclaimed 'mockumentary' movie, á la 'This is Spinal Tap.' It was about a poor, retired dairy farmer from Tunbridge, Vermont, who runs for Congress after realizing that being a congressman is the only way he can make $129,000 a year with no references and a 10th grade education.
In real life, the film's director asked Fred to run for Senate to promote the movie and protest a wealthy outsider's campaign for a Vermont senate seat. Fred said he would spend only $16 on his tongue-in-cheek campaign and subverted the electoral process by beating his opponent. Fred made his point and decided that enough was enough and dropped out of the campaign against the incumbent, Patrick Leahy.