Some years ago, my father’s brother died. I saw my father cry for the first time in his life, and I wondered why I didn’t. I had liked my uncle; I enjoyed visiting him very much, and was alway impressed at his ability to complete the Sunday Times crossword every week. I regretted that I hadn’t seen him as much as I should have in his last years, but I didn’t cry.
Now that we know that the late beloved and despised Iron Lady was a chemist in a past life, here are some more well-known people who did pointless things before discovering their life’s purpose.
Dr. Mayim Bialik
Now: Actress, Big Bang Theory
Dr. Brian May
Where: Imperial College, London
Now: Guitarist for Queen
Ivan Drago (actually Dolph Lundgren)
Where: Royal Institute of Technology, Stockhlom
Now: Not looking so good after having the shit beat out of him by Rocky IV.
Why: His parents were advised to abort in 1958 when she developed appendicitis whilst pregnant.
Now: Probably the second-most famous blind musician after Ray Charles.
Dr. Peter Roget
Now: Dead, but left us with a little thing called the Thesaurus.
Jozef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski
Where: Everywhere in the world, pretty much.
Now: Dead as Joseph Conrad, the guy who wrote Heart of Darkness, upon which Apocalypse Now is based.
Dr. Kermit the Frog
Where: Southampton College, New York
Now: Cashing in unemployment cheques after a series of disastrously dull movies.