Rafael Alvarez, President of the Baltimore Poe Society tells WBAL Radio he has a theory about why the mystery admirer did not show up this year. He thinks that person died last week.
Alvarez says e-mails have been circulating for the past several hours pointing to the late David Franks of Baltimore as the Poe toaster. Franks was found dead in his Baltimore apartment last week. He has been a writer, performer and poet in Baltimore for years.
"It fit David's love of the prank and the practical joke. And particularly stunts that involve sort of high literary high-wire acts," says Alvarez.
He says that Franks also wore the same clothes daily like that of the Poe toaster and he fit the physical description. "David had quite the late 19th century English dandy flair for scarves, gloves, and various caps. It would not be unusual for David to don a cape if the situation called for it," says Alvarez.
There is also a possibility that the toaster decided to stop the tradition at Poe's 200th birthday, which was last year. Link -via Metafilter
I feel pretty certain that Franks would love for all of us to think he *was* PT, though.
A crashed bus full of screaming schoolkids teetering on the edge of a bridge?
"Wow, Dad, I never would have thought."
"My dying wish is for you to carry on the tradition of bringing cognac and roses to the Poe grave every year for the rest of your life."
"Yes, please promise me this!"
"Ok, ok, uh, I promise I will."
(Son performs this duty for a few years)