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‘The Dude’ gets Key to the Universe

By master · July 20th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Under the watchful eye of the Troll this evening, the “real Jeff Lebowski,” also known as “the Dude,” received the Key to the Universe.

Or to put it another way, Jeff Dowd got a really big plastic key. “It’s great to be back in Seattle,” he told the crowd of fans. ¬†Originally from Seattle, Dowd was the inspiration behind the movie, The Big Lebowski. ¬†

The key was awarded by Marko Tubic, president of the Fremont Chamber, and Jon Hegeman, founder of Fremont Outdoor Cinema. “The Dude’s appearance in Fremont seemed like a perfect reason to start a new tradition presenting Jeff with the first ‘Key to the Universe,'” the Chamber explained. “Honoring him for living large and creating an enduring cultural legend that epitomizes our larger than life neighbor motto of ‘Delibertus Quirkus, freedom to be peculiar.'” Also in attendance was Nick Licata, who is running for re-election.

Dowd is here for Seattle’s annual Lebowski Fest, which includes the showing of The Big Lebowski at Fremont Outdoor Movies tonight. Tickets are $20.

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sam DeBord, // Jul 21, 2009 at 5:31 am

    Dude. Sweet.

  • 2 "do you know that movie?" // Jul 23, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    i liked the movie initially, but i can't handle all the retarded frat guys who went around quoting it endlessly during the the 5-10 years after it came out. it's a little off-putting. please say i'm not the only one who noticed this…?

  • 3 Yeah // Jul 23, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Hmmmm…looks like you might be the only one. ; )

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