You know how the Internet is a really strange place, how google search leads you down unexpected pathways.
First, I spotted this on alwayswatching.org, in a post titled "Geekin out on lebowski Action Figures." According to alwayswatching.org,
Coming August 2008, this Entertainment Earth / Comic-Con exclusive has everything you could ask for in a figurine of The Dude.
Which made me lol! It’s the tenth anniversary The Big Lebowski," the Coen Brothers paen to blowling, white Russians, rug urine, and nymphomaniac circus performers.
Click here to check out locations for Lebowksi Fest in your area.
voted "best summer road trip" by Maxxim and FHM.
or Zen and the Art of Dudliness
or the Dude Abides: The Gospel According to The Coen Brothers.
anyway - I recall reading about a campus lecture tour build around the Big Lebowski. I think it was Jeff Dowd. The Dude (played by Jeff Bridges) is based on Dowd (according to Dowd).
So…enter "Big Lebowski Campus tour" in google. This comes at the top
A conversation with the real life "Dude" from Big Lebowski …
Everybody knows "the Dude" from the 1998 cult classic The Big Lebowski. … here today so that he could tour the soggy devastation of southeastern Iowa. .
Oh. well. This piqued my interest. I grew up in southeast Iowa. I just got off the phone with my Mom. My uncle’s farm is flooded. 160 acres of crops already planted - gone. She’s hearing: 25,000 homes destroyed. Downtown Cedar Rapids (population 120,000) unsalvageable. Reports are coming in that the place will have to be demolished.