If you were to ask anyone in the county about Artie/Eddie, you’d hear something like, “Why sure I know that rascal. He’s the supreme trouble-maker, he’s the source of all evil, but somehow the law can’t see it, and half the town-folk pamper him. He’s a pest---he’s a worm!” And yet, ninety percent had a sort of twisted love for the guy!
They tell stories about how bad he is, how good he is. A large portion tells about how good he is at being bad. Most all claim to hate him and yet they depend upon him for entertainment that is varied and unexpected to the nth degree. The pranks occur every few months, leaving the town reeling and someone, usually the elderly Doc Thomas, crouching back in a corner; baffled and cross-eyed from trying to figure out what has happened.
Eddie was a character, that’s for sure.