Unearthing the guy underneath all those paper hats
And someone else led us to his Web site with lotsa great photos.
This is his explanation of what he's doing:
"Beware Red-Line riders! Your desire to keep a low-profile, mind your own business, and seethe with the repressed rage of the faceless masses may soon be challenged by our very own Half-Jap On A Mission as Scotty Iseri takes to the CTA railways armed only with a stack of newspapers and incomprehensible powers of persuasion!
"Folding paper hats at the speed of... well... a CTA train... Scotty has singlehandedly - and without speaking a single syllable - persuaded entire carloads of passengers to laugh, relax, let their guard down, have eye contact with one another (!!), and generally let their freak flags fly!"
Thanks for putting smiles on our faces, Scotty.