RIP: ‘Winnebago Man’ Jack Rebney has died at 93
Jack Rebney, the person who unwittingly turned an web sensation and embraced his sudden fame, has died at 93. In 1988, Rebney, a former journalist, discovered himself in entrance of the digicam filming promotional movies for Winnebago RVs. Little did he know that his candid, profanity-laden outtakes would make him an early web viral phenomenon years later. Rebney’s journey from obscurity to notoriety was immortalized within the documentary Winnebago Man. In 2004, Boing Boing was among the many first web sites to share the viral video and later, in 2010, the movie’s trailer.
Ben Steinbauer, a buddy of Rebney’s and the director of the 2009 documentary Winnebago Man, confirmed the information to EW. The reason for loss of life is unknown right now.
“Jack has been residing on the coast of Southern Oregon for the final a number of years, listening to MSNBC, CNN, ABC, and CBS on Sirius radio. And was getting ready to supply some podcasts of a political nature,” Steinbauer tells EW. “He had a trustworthy canine, Kiri, and a group of neighbors who sorted him. He hated flies proper up till the top.”