Little explained to his fans how he made the historic transition from an anonymous young man running a 10-k road race in his hometown to Internet fame.
The 25-year-old New York City resident, explained: “I was running and waving at a friend that was on the sidelines and I just kind of turned around and guess I just caught the camera lens. And that was history.”
reports the photo, captured by Will King, a 28-year-old systems analyst, went viral after it was posted to Reddit. According to ABC News
, a Facebook page was opened with the photo that got more than 31,000 subscribers and 26,000 followers on Twitter, with well over one million views on photo-sharing and news sites.
Little commented on his sudden rise to fame: “I find the humor in all of it. I just think it’s great. It’s the most flattering way to get spread across the Internet.”
Will King, amateur photographer who snapped the photo, said: “I had a few dozen friends in the race but I couldn’t find them but I found Zeddie there. There’s tons of people, but he was the one. He was actually just looking straight at the camera, smiling, the sun was sitting his hair as it was just blowing in the wind. He’s just an all-around photogenic guy.”
Little, flattered by the attention he has received, but modest about it, said: “I kind of feel honored to be part of a joke that’s in good spirits because the Internet can be a bit vicious and jokes can get bent the wrong way, but these are all for the most part positive. It’s funny that everybody’s kind of taken a like to it."
reports that though he has become an Internet celebrity, he is lying low, but he will be participating in the New York City marathon to raise money for the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health
. Little explained: "He (John Ritter) passed away from an aortic dissection and this raises money for research and awareness. I’m so honored to actually be a part of this.”
John Ritter is the former "Three's Company" star who died suddenly in 2003 at the age of 54.
reports Little had joked in a post linking to Reddit, soon after his photo went viral: "What the? I'm officially famous. I...I dunno. This is bizarre. Funny stuff."