Michigan Just Lost a Beloved Icon as Upper Peninsula’s ‘Goofus’ Dies
Ask just about anyone in the Central Upper Peninsula about Goofus and you're likely to hear a story about the man who plays his unique polka-cello one-man-band instrument at a parade or small bar. Sadly, Goofus has recently passed away.
WLUC reports that Goofus, who's real name was Alan Ammesmaki, died unexpectedly this week.
His Polka-Cello, a stick equipped with bells, whistles and other musical instruments, was one-of-a-kind and he used it to entertain thousands over the years.
His sudden death Tuesday has caught many off-guard including his friends and family. The cause is unknown at this time.
Goofus was a fixture around the Marquette County cities of Negaunee and Ishpeming.
If you never had the chance to know Goofus or hear him play his polka-chello. Here are a few videos to make the introduction: