Shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine (David Carradine) on the western adventure KUNG FU/ABC/1972-75 was called “Grasshopper” by Master Po (Keye Luke), a blind monk who taught him from the day he was adopted by the Shaolin monastery.


Once Master Po asked the neophyte Caine to close his eyes and relate what he heard. Sitting by a pond, the boy heard the obvious sounds of water, and birds in the trees. “Do you not hear the grasshopper at your feet?” asked Master Po.

Caine looked to the ground and was astonished that the blind man had discerned the location of such a tiny insect. From that day Master Po called the boy “Grasshopper.”

Years later on a religious pilgrimage, Master Po was callously murdered by the Royal Chinese Nephew. In defense of his Master, Kwai Chang Caine killed the nephew and was forced to flee China to America. Caine called the blind Master Po, “Old Man.”


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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