Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I got Jon Voight's LeBaron

They're filming part of a Law & Order episode on my street today. Not the good Law & Order, one of the spinoffs. Criminal Victim by Jury or something. I think it's the one starring the guy who wears the Edgar suit.

I didn't go down to watch, in part because it's not the original L&O, but mainly because, as a pseudo-celebrity myself, I don't get starstruck that easily. Plus, there's someone much more famous than me or anyone on that show who lives close by.

I was doing laundry a couple of weeks ago, and one of the laundromat employees loaded the dryer next to mine for someone who was using the drop-off service (I'm way too cheap to ever do that, I think). The name on the slip she taped to the dryer door was "Herb Hoover." I laughed, thinking that someone had used a pseudonym at the laundromat, wondering what kind of lifestyle required that level of secrecy.

But a few days later, I was checking the mail for the first time since moving in (we have just one mail key and my roommate usually keeps it), and noticed the name on the box next to ours was "Herbert Hoover." That's right, the 31st President of the United States lives directly below me. Which is pretty cool, considering everything I've read about him indicates he died over 40 years ago.

It seems like I've known other people in the past who shared names with famous people, but the only one I can think of right now is Jeff Beck--not the guitar legend, but a guy I did a few improv shows with at BYU a couple of years ago. If you know anyone with a famous name, leave a comment about it.

Also...I knew without checking that Hoover was the 31st President. Why? Because I remembered he came right after Calvin Coolidge, and when I was a kid there was a weird ad campaign in the Salt Lake area--tons of green billboards that said "Calvin Coolidge was the 30th President." Apparently it's been done in other areas too. As shown so often on The Simpsons, outdoor advertising can be very effective, I guess. If you remember the Coolidge billboards, leave a comment about that too.

6 comments:

SusieQ said...

I totally remember the Calvin Coolige billboards. There was one just off of state street as you headed East on 4800 S. in Murray. :)

The Hatch Family said...

I knew a Karl Malone....he was white and had salt and pepper hair and was about 5' 8". He was pretty much the opposite of "THE" Karl Malone. I also knew a Tim Allen and we went to a school dance together. It was pretty sweet.

Just Julie said...

My mom is Pamela Anderson. And no one ever wants to associate their mom with a playboy bunny who starred in "Barb Wire" and was married to Tommy Lee. Good thing my mom's MUCH cooler.

jeff said...

The one I remember was at 5900 S. and State, next to the old Jobbers Odd Lot.

Mel and Julie, those are hilarious.

su-tang 3000 said...

I thought you knew that Hoover was the 31st president because, you know, you're Hoover. Embrace it.

jeff said...

I'm not ashamed of my past, but sometimes you just move on from things that were part of your life in high school. Like bed wetting.

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