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The Rainbow Man/John 3:16 Review


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Rollen Stewart is The Rainbow Man, and this is his story. Younger readers probably won't recall Stewart (aka Rockin' Rollin Stewart), who attended thousands of televised sporting events wearing a rainbow-colored afro wig, dark sunglasses, crazy beard, and a t-shirt encouraging the TV audience to be saved by Jesus Christ. Later he would paint a simple message on bedsheets: "John 3:16." (One of the most famous passages from the Bible, it reads "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.")

Some 20 years after his heyday, Stewart appears on camera to give his testimony about that long-gone era, reading largely from his unpublished autobiography. Obsessed with fast cars and television, Stewart figured out that he could turn himself into a celebrity simply by building an easy-to-spot character in stadium crowds. It worked: At his first game, Stewart danced and flashed "V for victory" signs at the TV cameras, and afterwards, people stopped him on the street. More sporting events followed -- invariably sitting in the best seats -- and the media started to pick up on his act. After landing a Budweiser commercial, he headed to Hollywood and got an agent.

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