I admit I was late to the whole Big Lebowski phenomenon. It was one of those things people tried to tell me about over and over, that I was sure was all hype. And then I watched it. I have been a devout follower of The Dude ever since. If you have not seen it, I highly recommend you do. If you are already among the devout, take a look at this.
The true story of the real dude that inspired the character in the film.