The Sad Tale Of ‘White Owl’ Marches On And On

One of the great things about college is that there’s - depending on the size of the student population - anywhere from dozens to hundreds of girls on campus at any time who are completely open to anything. It’s college, hooray, experimenting is fun, whooo. It’s where Girls Gone Wild makes its money, and that’s no accident.

White Owl and Fiancee and Mugshot
(”Why couldn’t this last? It’ll only be 32 years before our relationship doesn’t violate The Rule. Then it’s clean! Come back to me! COME BAAAACK!”)

The problem is that eventually, these young ladies become self-aware; usually, it’s concurrent with a massive increase in sobriety. So when you’re a free-spirited sexagenarian (what? that means between 60 and 69. Grow up. AND GROW UP ABOUT THE 69.) who finds himself, say, engaged to a 22-year-old young lady, just realize this: it’s not going to last, and it’s not going to end well.

Oh, if only our old friend “White Owl” had seen that coming. Well, if he’d been able to, he probably wouldn’t be White Owl in the first place, but we lament all the same as he sits in jail, having violated a protective order against his ex-fiancee. Sigh.


Jimmy Tucker, also known as White Owl, is being held in Douglas County Jail on $5,000 bond, on accusations of not showing up to court, jail records stated.

Tucker, 62, of Lawrence, was arrested Thursday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He is accused of violating a protection order on Sept. 8, with his 23-year-old ex-fiancee listed as a witness.

Court documents say Tucker failed to show up for court Oct. 30, ahead of a Nov. 4 jury trial scheduled in the case, which was subsequently canceled. Tucker now has a hearing scheduled for Tuesday morning.

For the record, he also violated that order last month, and he’s awaiting trial in that as well. Oh, White Owl.

This comes on the heels of his claim that he’d been banned from the KU campus, but the Journal-World article still notes him as a fixture of KU’s campus, so we imagine that claim’s a little overblown or misunderstood.

White Owl Mugshot
(Doesn’t he look like a homeless Philip Seymour Hoffman?)

In addition to his two violations of the protective order against Julia Lee, the young lady in question, White Owl is also facing charges for marijuana possession (shocker) and theft from a campus library. That means either A) at least he’s reading and keeping sharp, or B) he was using the pages for rolling papers. Or C) unrelated incidents, fine, but we prefer to think of it as B.

Anyway, it seems like we may not be seeing White Owl acting like Mentally Damaged Jayhawk Santa Claus at Kansas football and basketball games for a while, and at the end of the day, that’s a bit of a shame; yes, whenever someone’s that old and acting like that much of a character, there’s usually something deeper down that’s a problem; that seems to be the case here. But characters are characters all the same, and the less they’re in our lives, the less enriched our lives become.