MENTAL FLOSS has a reminder today of the most notorious fan in history, the guy we always used to see wearing the rainbow wig and toting a “John 3:16″ inside our teevee. The gent’s name is Rollen Stewart, and his tale isn’t all that interesting, but it’s Saturday and we’re not much into the Meineke Car Care Bowl (Free Jim Grobe!), so indulge us.
During the ’70s and ’80s Stewart was all over the national television sports broadcasts, so much so that NBC Sports threatened to fire directors who showed him. Brent Musburger told ESPN that directors in TV trucks would “threaten to kill him” when they saw him appearing in shots.
Stewart viewed his gig as a crusade for Christ, but when no one responded to him or his message, it got ugly. The LOS ANGELES TIMES reports Stewart made plans to assassinate G.H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton in 1992. And he’s now incarcerated, serving three life sentences, for a pathetic episode in a Los Angeles hotel in which he kidnapped a maid with a loaded gun and then cried to police in a hostage negotiation for a national press conference (which he never got).
FYI, here’s the 3:16 bible passage: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
In case you smartie pants are unaware, MENTAL FLOSS also points out that “John 3:16″ is “printed on cups at the In-N-Out Burger.” (Even as an Angeleno, we’re Whopper guys ourselves).