50 years ago, in Westontown, PA, on May 8th, Charles E. Trekk famously bit a schnauzer on the corner of Main Street and Earl Avenue during an altercation with the pooch's owner, Jerrold Sherman. A small argument escalated into an angry situation. At one point Mr. Trekk picked up Sherman's dog and bit it on the leg. A passer-by witnessed the scene, reporting it to the police. The next day the story appeared on the front page and the headline, "Man Bites Dog" became a cult favorite, used endlessly in any number of ways for the past 50 years.
Yesterday, Lester F. Trekk, Charles' son, celebrated the 50th anniversary by ceremoniously recreating the event on the same street corner in the same town, biting the very same breed, owned oddly enough, by Sherman's nephew, Todd Sherman. The episode was conceived by Mr. Trekk, Jr. and sponsored by local businesses. Food, drinks and music were provided by the Chamber of Commerce with clowns and face-painting available to the children. Hundreds were in attendance to view the proceedings and to enjoy the day. Hot dogs were offered for free for the duration of the event.
As Trekk, Jr. animatedly "bit" Butzer on the leg, photos were taken. The winning image was used as part of the article designed to simulate the original 50-year old story.
"Pops" Godrovorski, 75 years young, a local resident present at the time of the original episode, smiled as he told local and regional reporters that he "was tickled that what I seen here today was pretty close to the way it really went." He add, "I'm an old cuss now, but that story never gets old!"
One unfortunate incident during the day-long affair created headlines in this morning's paper: "Boy Bites Clown".