1. QC Uncut – Peter "Catfish Guy" Robinson Sean Leary 24:54

In spring 2019, Peter Robinson was photographed carrying a gigantic catfish across an intersection in downtown Davenport. We at QuadCities.com picked up that picture and turned it into a series of memes that went viral across the internet, spawning more memes that likewise went viral, and turned “catfish guy” into a web sensation that popped up in webcasts and news as far off as Australia.

At the time, Robinson was homeless and unemployed, had been in trouble with the law, and was looking to put his life back together. When I interviewed him in the spring for this podcast, he was optimistic and upbeat. Now, I talk to him again, to see how he’s doing, how his life is going, and how he’s dealt with the “catfish guy” fame subsiding. It turns out that it’s been a tough couple of months for Robinson, and he’s looking for help in getting his life back on the positive path.

Listen in to this in-depth conversation with him, and if anyone can offer a helping hand, please message us on Facebook or e-mail at Sean@QuadCities.com, so we can pass your contact information along to him. Thank you, and enjoy the podcast.


Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written over 50 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.