A Handful Of… Strange Facts I Know About Celebs’ Kin (Not To Be Confused With “Celeb Skin”)

Here’s some things I’ve picked up over the years and have never been able to put down.  Well, that might be an overstatement.  I could “put them down” in an insulting fashion, I’m sure.  I was attempting clever word play, and I’ve thus succeeded in coming off as pretentious… nice going, d-bag.

POTSIE’S COUSIN “INVENTED” THE HEIMLICH MANEUVER

Would you associate these two images? On second thought, strike that question from the record.

Anson Williams, a.k.a. Potsie Weber from Happy Days, was actually a Heimlick.  His second cousin was Dr. Henry Heimlich, the guy that named a move after himself.  I have a few things to say about this strange fact I know:

  1. I give credit to Happy Days as being the source of my taking an interest in the actual names of Actors! As a child, I remember being impressed by my parents ability to remember the characters’ real names, and I started paying attention to the, um, credits.
  2. Can you really be, um, credited with the “invention” or “creation” of something that can be done manually?  If that’s the case, then who invented the handshake?  The noogie?  The wet willie?  (I bet Willie was the first person to get a saliva-coated finger shoved in his ear.)
  3. Do you think Potsie was a precursor to the existence of Boner on Growing Pains?

EELS’ LEAD SINGER’S DAD ORIGINATED THE CONCEPT OF PARALLEL WORLDS

Remember this song?

If you didn’t, and you listen to it again, you now answer that same question differently.  I’ve pulled your current consciousness from one plane of existence (where you did not remember that song), into this plane where you do.  They both exist regardless of you decision.  And that’s kind what Hugh Everett III (father of the guy in the above video, Mark Oliver Everett, or simply E) talks about in his theory (as far as I can understand it).

I’m not too amazed by this “discovery” though… some pot head (a.k.a. Potsie) would have thought it up sooner or later.

PAPA OF NURSE HATHAWAY – SORRY, THE GOOD WIFE – WROTE THE ALKA-SELTZER JINGLE

Once upon a time, she pushed George Clooney away.

No matter what Julianna Margulies will be in for the rest off her life, I’ll always think of her as Nurse Hathaway on ER.  I bet the same thing can be said about her father, Paul, in relation to this earworm:

ONE OF THE MONKEES’ MAMAS MADE MISTAKE OUT

That one Monkee(s) happens to be Michael Nesmith.  And Mistake Out is better known to us as Liquid Paper.  I wrote about this before here.

AND THIS ONE I JUST LEARNED…

It’s not about kin, though… it’s just about one man… this man…

James Lipton in da howz!

Did you know he composed the theme song to Thundercats?!

(via Warming Glow)

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5 comments

  1. omawarisan · March 18, 2010

    Lipton’s lyrics are as complex as his noodle soup.

  2. Michael · March 19, 2010

    Dana Delaney is an heiress of sorts from a plumbing valve her grandfather invented.

    I was never able to put that down either!

  3. sgottahurt · March 19, 2010

    @omawarisan …and just as tasty as his teas! (But not his teabags…)

  4. sgottahurt · March 19, 2010

    @Michael …Egads! I never put Dana Delany and the Delany diaphragm valve together before. Probably because I was thinking about her performance in “Exit to Eden.”

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