A Dirt-bag Renaissance man

Dumpster Archeology presents a Short tale…..

Marcus the elder is a Marine, bodybuilder, rock climber, stripper and truck driver. A dirt bag renaissance man” 

Marcus Jr in an interview

 Me and the film crew rounded the alleyway looking for dumpster gold. We were in an old alley, brick lined with historical houses facing outward and all we saw was garages and places to put trash. At the end of the block we examined an old vintage couch likely older than all of us combined and I saw the large blue walk-in dumpster in the parking lot. 

 A simple bound of leg muscles and I was in ….hunting through the boxes for treasure. Black plastic bags contained roof shingles, old children toys lay around but it was the trophies that caught my eye. Body building statues atop a name plate…

Marcus Coleman: Middle weight champion ….July 15th, 2000.

written on the trophy

……….What you are about to Read is the Story within the story……..

Marcus Coleman Jr has a joke about his Dad and uses the joke a lot, sometimes as an opener to his stand-up comedy act. “My Dad used to kiss me on the lips until I was 5”.. that’s the joke.

Marcus Jr is a comic in Portland and got famous for his Police/Ferguson jokes. He is cutting edge in his city, those weekly shows at the Mississippi (bar in Portland) which are over now because of Covid-19.  The young Comic is from St Louis, grew up in the heart of it until high school when his Dad took the family to Oregon to find new opportunity (for Marcus Jr, a 6 foot tall football scholarship).

In his humor, he talks about being witness to inner city shootings, being harassed by cops in St Louis despite being a nerd who loved Fall out Boy/comedy. Marcus Jr is now considered one of the Geniuses of the new young comedy scene. He’s still in his twenties..

Yet this story is about his father…and those body Building Trophies

Marcus Sr is a bodybuilder, truck driver, “A dirt-bag renaissance man,” according to Junior in a 2017 article. This weird Truck Driver, wanders America taking selfies for social media, following his son’s comic leap in popularity and talking about Black Lives Matter. It’s no wonder his son is talented and slightly “punk” in humor.
As a father myself, I see the signs Marcus Sr was one hell of a influence…and that warms my heart.


I found the still Living and Loving Marcus and Marcus are not in St Louis or even close…

Marcus Sr took his kids and gave them a better life in Oregon, as he wanders America and he thanks his kids for saving him.

What I see in this story, is a very influential father, who did what it takes to make a better life for his son. I see the father in the son’s comedy, and an amazing man I would love to meet today. I honor both men with this post, using the same humor, comedies’ classic self deification angle. This “dirt-bag” father is like all dirt-bag fathers who are rough around the edges and “do what it takes” to make a better life for their kids.

A toast ….to role model fathers!

So how did Marcus Sr’s Body Building trophies from 2000…
…end up in a Dumpster just off Lafayette Square?
A Dumpster Archeology mystery that has a serious clue in a FB post I will not share.

Marcus Coleman lost his Mother last year, and my guess is, she had his trophies, his comic book, and his son’s light sabers from old visits. I am sorry for his loss and wish him well. He can have his trophies back anytime he wants them.

*All the social media photos are Marcus Senior’s…and I stole them with screen shots.