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Rock Out With Yer Wonk Out

August 18th, 2008 · 5 Comments

A commenter over at Spencer’s notes a fun fact I was heretofore unaware of: Guitarist Robert Quine of the Voidoids was actually the nephew of legendary philosopher W.V.O. Quine.

Possibly less fun, but still sort of entertaining factoids for you all: David Berman of the Silver Jews is, as I may have mentioned here previously, the son of none other than influential GOP lobbyist Rick Berman. Also, historian and New America Foundation fellow Ted Widmer used to be known as Lord Rockingham of the boston rockers The Upper Crust.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 spackerman // Aug 18, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    The younger Quine was also responsible for the greatest Velvet Underground bootlegs of all time.

  • 2 Micha Ghertner // Aug 18, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Yet another fun fact: Wonk does not rhyme with Cock, despite the similarity in personality types. 😛

  • 3 Greg N. // Aug 18, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Don’t forget Gene Healy is cousin to the singer of one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Walter Schreifels of Quicksand.

  • 4 Julian Sanchez // Aug 19, 2008 at 2:26 am

    Weirdly, that last factoid came up just this weekend.

  • 5 Greg N. // Aug 19, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    If it was somehow in Walter’s company, I’d be really, really jealous. especially if he just decided to jam for a while.