Arguably America’s first Great Dude in History, Ben Franklin was our first self-help guru. After acquiring enormous success as an achiever, Franklin spent the rest of his life pursuing the Way of the Dude. Part of his Dudely success came because he had developed an easy to follow system of virtue.
This has been a summer of bummers, man. And now Great Dude in History Robin Williams has passed as well. The Archdudeship says a heartfelt eulogy for him here. Good night sweet prince.
Rev. Kaustubh Sikarwar nominates Mohandas Gandhi (the Mahatma, so that’s what you call him) as a Great Dude in History. We couldn’t agree more, man. Here’s a guy who took er easy, wore sandals and a robe, drew a line in the sand and said “this aggression against India will not stand” and helped win independence by employing non-violence and taking the high road. That Gandhiji can roll, man.
In honor of Wavy Gravy’s 75th birthday we’re officially announcing him a “Great Dude in History” and sharing an excerpt about him from our forthcoming book, The Abide Guide. Wave your freak flag high for many years to come, Mr. Gravy, sir. Truly a source of Dudespiration.
You’ve all heard of the Dos Equis guy – supposedly “The Most Interesting Man in the World.” Well we’ve got our own opinion on that, man. The Most Innarestin’ Man is also high in the running for Laziest Worldwide. I’m talking about The Dude here.
Many people think that old Fred Nietzsche was an uptight sourpuss with an I-am-the-walrus mustache. Apart from the mustache, they’re just not privy to the old shit—Nietzsche was actually a Great Dude. He championed free-thinking and individuality and getting high. It’s a bummer that Nazis and Nihilists continually misinterpret his ideas. Dudermensch Kris Harrison sets the record straight.
Attention Dudespapists: We have a compeer across the pond. The Idler magazine, published in the UK since 1993 is our ideological brother-in-armchairs. For creating and editing the magazine, and the fact that he’s written two excellent books on the subject of idling, Rev. Crash Winfield declares Tom Hodgkinson a “Great Dude in History.”
In honor of Charlie Darwin’s 200th birthday on Feb 12, we hereby nominate him a Great Dude in History, and present our Theory of Dudevolution.
In the wake of his recent passing, we nominate George Carlin as a Great Dude in History. Did he have to use so many cuss words? Fuck, yeah. They fit right in there.
Rev. Bradley Ducak makes a forceful argument as to why Yoda is a Great Dude in History, and quite possibly the earliest known dude of all time.