Star Of His Own Sad Comedy: RICHARD KREIMER

Born into a comfortable middle-class existence, RICHARD KREIMER wound up homeless and defiant. Is he a victim -- or simply vindictive?

Like many men in his condition, he has few tangible items: a well-worn sleeping sack, a garbage bag full of clothes, and some notes scrawled on grubby pieces of paper. But unlike those of most street people, the notes in Richard Kreimer's hands are not limited to the addresses of sympathetic friends and the opening hours of the local soup kitchen. There are some telling initials -- G,S,D, -- next to the phone numbers on those sheets. Geraldo. Sally. Donahue.

From a pay phone in Morristown, N.J., Kreimer keeps in contact with the producers who toil for the giants of television...

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