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Who is That Seth Bernard Guy?

06/01/2014 at 12:41pm EST
from the Betsie Current

“Folklore consists of legends, music, oral history, proverbs, jokes, popular beliefs, fairy tales, stories, tall tales, and customs included in the tradition of a culture, subculture, or group.” -From Wikipedia.
Seth Bernard was born on April Fools Day and raised by a pack of wild coyotes on the high-desert plains outside of Lake City.

What? No desert outside of Lake City, you say? Fine.

“The truth is that he was born to woodland fairies from the Great Woods of Northern Michigan, and it is said that the Great Woodland King gifted him with joy of music and set him among the humans to promote peace and joy in song and fellowship,” claims Laura Hanthorn.

Brett McDowell has a slightly different story:

"He lived with the Garden Gnomes for thousands of years. He learned about the plants and the trees and the earth. But one day, he learned music. As he picked up his guitar everyday to play, he slowly began to grow. Grow and grow until he was a giant. The gnomes thought that he had become some kind of great spirit. Then, after the elder gnomes had further discussion, they found that the late night jams, morning sessions, brunch hoe-downs, lunch parades, afternoon gatherings, dinner dances, and loud rock & roll every day was too much for the gnomes to handle. So, after long discussion, they decided to send him to live with the humans and other animals of the forest. And to this day this musical gnome travels around, sharing his music with all of us."

Others share a popular (or soon to be popular) conspiracy theory: Seth was placed by aliens amongst us to promote sustainability and peace, thus the title “Hello Fellow Travelers” on his first album.

Or maybe he grew up on a farm where music entwined his early years. “It wasn’t anything separate that was just for entertainment. It was part of our work; it fueled our work,” Bernard told Circle of Blue in a 2012 interview.

Regardless of where he might have come from, or if he is even human, some facts are indisputable. We are not sure where to find those, so we collected some psuedo-facts, myths, rumors, and otherwise.

UnTrue Facts About Samuel Seth Bernard

(Editor’s note: these untrue facts may, in truth, be true facts. We don’t know.)

He starred in the cult-classic Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island, filmed in our very own Frankfort, Michigan. Rumor has it that he sometimes wears an eye-patch and became besties with Earnest Borgnine.

His beard has a beard.

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