It Must Be Summer — St. Cloud Superman Returns [VIDEO]
It's been nearly 10 years that a St. Cloud man has bravely stood on the city's street corners, wearing some version of a Superman costume and waving at anyone and everyone.
John Fillah often has a boom box, lawn chair and American flag to keep him company even as he faces honks of support and jeers of disapproval.
He's become a regular attraction on St. Cloud street corners since he first suited up as the Man of Steel, just after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Why?
"A lot of people in town were targetting me and treating me like a second class citizen. So I decided if you're going to treat me like a second class citizen, I'm going to be in your face and be a first class citizen and exercise my constitutional rights and see how you like that.
"...I have the cojones to stand out here and do what I do. A lot of people wouldn't have the confidence, and I do."
Over the years, Fillah's become a folk hero of sorts, prompting video pranks, Facebook pages and even songs. His alter ego has even been featured in a book on oddities in the Gopher State called Minnesota Curiosities.
Fillah says he's had some powerful validation, too. A year or so into his Superman crusade, Fillah says an employee of DC Comics -- in this area on business -- stopped to tell him he's never seen anyone who looks more like Superman.
But among the questions that remain a mystery -- why is he holding that rubber chicken? The answer may be as simple as "why not?" After all, he's St. Cloud Superman.