It Has Been Weird to see all the news coverage for comedian Michelle Wolf, who was thrust into the limelight after a searing routine at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where comics commonly roast the president — although the famously thin-skinned Mr. Trump refuses to go to the dinner, unlike his predecessors. Why “weird” for me? Because Michele Wolf was my first wife.
Though there’s a little hint there: neither name is misspelled. Michelle is a comedian who turns 33 later this month. Michele is definitely older than that. Since she’s an on-purpose public figure, I’m including a photo of Michelle; even though she is very pretty, to protect her privacy I won’t post a photo of Michele, or even say what state she lives in (she left California when we split; Michelle was 6 or 7 at that point).
Alas, I’ve lost touch with Michele (and have never been in contact with Michelle). Maybe Michele will see this and get in touch. Hell, maybe even Michelle will see this and get in touch! (It would be nice for both to happen!)
But the funny part of this is, I’ve actually been collecting a list of Premium subscribers with famous names, and this seems like a good time to share it. They include:
- Jon Stewart …but not the former host of The Daily Show.
- Don Adams …but not the actor who played secret agent Maxwell Smart.
- Robert Pine …but not the actor who played Sgt. Getraer on CHiPs.
- Dave Barry …but not the humor columnist and author.
- John Inman …but not the actor from Are You Being Served?
- Steve Wozniak …yes, the Apple Computer co-founder does subscribe, but another guy with the same name has too! The Apple co-founder told me he has run across several other Steve Wozniaks over the years.
- George Lucas …but not the Star Wars creator.
- Rich Little …but not the celebrity impressionist.
- Charles Schultz …but not the Peanuts cartoonist.
- Craig Nelson …but not the Coach actor.
- Robert Macfarlane …but not President Reagan’s National Security Advisor.
- Paul Shafer …but not the Late Night With David Letterman bandleader (Paul Shaffer).
- James West …but not the Wild Wild West character.
- Henry Miller …but not the Tropic of Cancer author.
And those are just the ones I’ve noticed — I’m sure there are more. I’m sure it’s fun, frustrating, even scary sometimes to have a “famous name” when you’re not the famous person (and even if you are). So a tip of the hat to those who put up with it, whether you’re “really” famous or just sound like it.
I hope there’s not another Randy Cassingham out there. But if there is, sorry!
October 2020 Update: More Famous Names
“I’m sure there are more,” I said above. Sure enough! Also among my readers:
- Gregg Morris …but not the actor from the original Mission: Impossible.
- Richard Dawson …but not the Hogan’s Heroes actor/game show host.
- Anne Rice …but not the “Vampire” author.
- Walter White …but not the “Breaking Bad” character.
- William Wallace …but not the Scottish knight who was one of the main leaders during the First War of Scottish Independence in 1297.
- Donald Graham …but not the former publisher of the Washington Post.
- Dave Bowman …but not the hero of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- Neil Young …but not the Canadian singer-songwriter.
- Dave Thomas …but not the founder of Wendy’s hamburgers.
- James Watt …but not the 18th century Scottish steam engine designer.
- John Madden …but not the retired NFL coach and commentator.
- Daniel Stern …but not the American actor.
- Jim Morrison …but not the late lead vocalist of The Doors.
- and Larry Niven …who is in fact the Grand Master Science Fiction author.
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