This Day In History196 years ago today, President James Madison signed the war declaration against England, kicking off the War of 1812.
Dual Celebrity SightingYesterday I had the pleasure of meeting, in-person, Mr. Gus Van Horn. Yes, THE Gus Van Horn. One funny thing that came up in conversation was the similarity between his pseudonym and mine. Specifically, his pseudonymous "full name" is Caesar Augustus Van Horn, and he has quite a good story to go behind it.
I go by C. August, which I realized later looks like an abbreviation of his (and I don't even have a fun story to support it!) The fact is, C. August is dangerously close to my actual name, which is where I pulled it from. I can't say any more, lest my secret superpowers vanish in a puff of smoke. But what it came down to was that, while I do want to obscure my true identity for now, I couldn't see myself writing anything under a name like "That Reason Guy" or "Objecti-dude" or "Historical Figure Who Championed Reason".
The heading for this section alluded to two celebrity sightings. The other one was mentioned by Gus in his blog. As we walked into Jacob Wirth's and headed for our table, we passed an old guy at the bar. I happen to be very very good at remembering faces (not so with names, however) and knew instantly that it was the head doc on ER. Eventually, I remembered that his character was Dr. Anspaugh.
As Gus and I sat plotting world domination, a young-ish woman noticed the actor and accosted him. I couldn't hear what was said, but I soon got a taste of it. She passed our table a few minutes later and for some reason chose me to talk to about her celebrity sighting (note: those who know me can confirm that I am not very approachable). My guess is that the restaurant was mostly empty and I was the first non-famous person she saw.
She said, "Oh My Gawd! He's famous! Who is he?"I thought it was appropriate that Gus got a full appreciation of the Boston accent, applied in the proper setting. See, he plays a doctor on television. Therefore, he's "wicked smaaht." Welcome to Boston!
I replied, "I don't know his real name, but he plays Dr. Anspaugh on E.R."
"Yeah! He's famous! What's his name?"
"I still don't know his name, but he plays Dr. Anspaugh on E.R."
"Uh, yeah! Ooohhh, he's wicked smaaht!" And with that, she walked on.