Small business owner, Barber
July 22, 2020
77-year-old Karl Manke opened his Owosso-based barber shop May 4, becoming a cause célèbre for people who opposed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home order. His actions electrified millions of Americans, specifically.
He attracted national attention for remaining open despite the many legal hurdles — a cease and desist order, two misdemeanor charges and the suspension of his license — thrown his way. His license had been suspended, but was restored by court order (after he appeared on our show). Karl calls himself "America's Barber" and is a novelist and raconteur when he's not cutting hair. It's an entertaining look at a man in the crosshairs of a cultural American flashpoint.