14th 2011
Separated at Birth!

Posted under: American history, art, fluff, unhappy endings

I’m old enough to remember the often juvenille but extremely entertaining Spy magazine from the 1980s, and its popular feature, “Separated at Birth.”  So here’s my revelation:  something about Jon Huntsman has been bugging me all along.  He’s a perfectly conventional-looking politician and he seems like a completely decent person.  So why do I keep thinking that he reminds me of someone I used to know, someone who gives me an uneasy feeling?

ZOMG he’s Laura Palmer’s father!!!

For those of you who are too young to remember 1990-91 or who were too old to care, Twin Peaks was a supremely weird and addictive teevee show by director David Lynch in which the actor Ray Wise [at left] played the father of murder victim Laura Palmer, whose homocide was at the center of the mystery.  It turned out her father was also her murderer, hence my unease whenever I see Jon Huntsman’s picture.

At least I think that explains it.



13 Responses to “Separated at Birth!”

  1. Spanish Prof on 14 Nov 2011 at 8:47 am #

  2. Historiann on 14 Nov 2011 at 8:53 am #

    Are you still crushing on Jon, Spanish Prof?

  3. Spanish Prof on 14 Nov 2011 at 8:56 am #

    He said he believed in science!!!! I have a reason!!!

  4. Historiann on 14 Nov 2011 at 8:59 am #

    Are all of his beautiful daughters still alive? (Are you sure?)

  5. Dr. Virago on 14 Nov 2011 at 9:03 am #

    Not only is that Laura Palmer’s homicidal father, but on Reaper that guy was the Devil himself! ZOMG!!!11!!!

    PS – I have the first season of Twin Peaks on VHS. The box looks like the log the Log Lady carried around. Amazing that that show ever aired!

  6. Spanish Prof on 14 Nov 2011 at 9:36 am #

    I’m sure there are a few buried underneath, but the ones that survived seem pretty smart. ..

  7. JJO on 14 Nov 2011 at 11:03 am #

    I sort of think Huntsman looks less rakish and more geeky — like an (even more) aged version of Jon Cryer.

  8. Western Dave on 14 Nov 2011 at 11:35 am #

    He was awesome as the devil on Reaper. I miss Reaper. It was Buffy good.

  9. Julia on 14 Nov 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    (I’m really glad we just finished Twin Peaks, or I’d be so mad you gave away who the murderer was!! I was only 4 when it originally aired, so I had to watch it on Netflix.)

  10. Historiann on 14 Nov 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    Sorry, Julia–it was kind of a shaggy dog story in the end, with all of that Bob bullcrap.

    Oh, and Citizen Kane? Rosebud was his sled!

    And the girl in The Crying Game is really a dude.

    Can I spoil any other movie endings for anyone?

  11. Indyanna on 14 Nov 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    The really scary ending is when the guy/and-or his family gives the Wharton School something like $50M for a building that can be seen twenty blocks away–when the leaves are off the trees and the sun angles just right!

  12. Tenured Radical on 14 Nov 2011 at 7:47 pm #


  13. Spanish Prof on 14 Nov 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    Ok, you started it. Now I am really going to taunt you: I want a post on Shelby, the elected leader of Occupy Denver.

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