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Not Enough Famous People.

Last night, friends told me that they grew up with the drummer from Kiss Chasey. It's one of those things, really, isn't it? You grow up with someone who later becomes famous, or at least gains a public image, maybe after they've set that classroom of children on fire. For me, it's the cyclist Brad McGee. I didn't know him, but he went to the same school as me, and was a year above. When he won gold medals in 1994, we were all forced to sit round in an assembly and listen to teachers tell us how good he was, while he stood behind them looking happy in his stuck up cyclist kind of way before claiming forward to tell us how important the school was to his wins, or some shitty thing like that.

I would've much preferred the child burner of a serial killer, y'know.

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haloumi
Apr. 4th, 2006 12:31 am (UTC)
Ah, the miracle of public ownership in Australia.

When you are a success, your school and family loves you.

When you are a failure (or worse), it's amazingly hard to get anyone to admit to knowing you unless there is sufficient infamy to give cachet by association. I would put money on people claiming (truthfully or not) that they had met Saddam Hussein or been roughed up for looking at him. He's big, bad and 2D enough to give someone that 'edge' in conversation. How many people claim to know the Hoddle Street killer or Martin Bryant?

If Brad McGee had killed small children then I doubt he would even have shown up as a negative example in school assembly (Don't be Brad McGee). If he had been an enormous success, then embezzled vast amounts and fled to Spain (for example) he may still have been mentioned because that level of infamy is almost worth associating with (Strive for the stars but don't go as far as Brad McGee - something must have gone wrong after he left the school).

Once more unto the fawning cult of personality, dear friends.
benpeek
Apr. 4th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)
actually, i was more hoping for a serial killer because cycling is boring, and not real inspirational for me. serial killers, now, there's a personality we cna aspire too.

i've never met anyone who claimed to know martin bryant or the hoddle street killer, or anyone else of sufficent infamy. mostly they know musicians or actresses or sport stars.
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benpeek
Apr. 4th, 2006 12:54 am (UTC)
sally from home and away. someone once told me there was some sort of home made porno of her, but i never believed it. still, i'm happy to spread the rumour, you know?

didn't you go to a bunch of schools, tho?
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benpeek
Apr. 4th, 2006 01:04 am (UTC)
really?

i have no idea who went to the uni. i just sort of kept to myself. it feels good not having to go out there, though i miss my office, and the fact that people there would come calling on me and dropping in. that was cool.
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benpeek
Apr. 4th, 2006 01:11 am (UTC)
oh, god no. i'd have all that old person's smell to air out.
ex_chrisbil
Apr. 4th, 2006 07:08 am (UTC)
I just can't imagine wanting to see that film! She's fugly enough with her clothes on!

My ex-girlfriend is the cousin of Jimmy Eat World's drummer, I think. She told me that once... never went to a family party though, so I can't confirm!
ironed_orchid
Apr. 4th, 2006 01:07 am (UTC)
You can have some of mine. I grew up in Perth, where it's not possible to be more than 1 degrees of separation from anyone, and I went to a school with a special performing arts section.
benpeek
Apr. 4th, 2006 01:10 am (UTC)
heh. that sounds awful.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 4th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
I never went to school with someone famous...yet. Though I can claim of knowing people (who know people) who went to school with someone famous. Examples:

One of lecturers in uni supposedly went to the same school as Martin Bryant. He sounded proud of it too. Later, I heard he had forged or lied about his qualifications and ran away with his pay.

One of my classmates' sister went out with someone in high school who later starred in Home and Away.

One of my friend's friend supposedly went to high school with Heath Ledger.

I guess my closest claim to fame would be sitting next to Merv Hughes on a Virgin Blue airplane. No I didn't talk to him. I just said excuse me when I got up to go the toilet.

A passerby.
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