As "Mr. Butch," Harold Madison Jr.
was a household name for tens of thousands of people, many of them college students, who encountered him during the 30 years he lived on the streets of Kenmore Square and along Harvard Avenue in Allston. Some found him menacing, particularly when he tossed back too many beers, but Mr. Butch was so beloved by others that his friends -- make that fans -- created a Wikipedia entry
and a MySpace tribute
page, and posted YouTube videos of him rapping. They gave him a Mardi Gras-style parade down the streets of Boston as well. He was homeless. And famous.