You couldn't get far along State Street if you were with Jeff Erlanger. Everyone knew Jeff, and he knew everyone, so multiple stops per block were in order if you were with Jeff, his service dog, and his inevitable pretty female aide. Street people, cops, storekeepers, professors, and city officials all greeted Jeff with a joke, a story, or an idea.
The State Journal's story got it right:
Jeff Erlanger's philosophy, summarized in an award-winning ad he filmed in 2002 for Wisconsin Public Television, was: "It doesn't matter what I can't do -- what matters is what I can do."
Jeff's passing is a loss for Madison. May his memory be a blessing for his family and friends.
- Barry Orton and Paul
Update 1:04 pm. Here is a link to Wisconsin Public Television and Jeff's appearance on Mr. Rogers. And more.