How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 193 (or a “Ghost Story” grievance)


A few days after your inaugural viewing of the 1981 horror film Ghost Story, starring Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, John Houseman, and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., (all of whom never made another film after this one) you have the following conversation:

You: “The cool thing about Ghost Story was that it begins with a scary story being told by John Houseman, which is the same exact way that John Carpenter’s The Fog begins.  However, they really screwed up the flashback scenes because John Houseman’s younger character counterpart was played by Ken Olin, who didn’t even attempt a British accent.  I mean, Houseman has an iconic British accent!”

Other: “I don’t know who any of those people are.”

You: “Come on, John Houseman from The Paper Chase… ring any bells?  Ken Olin directed a bunch of television show episodes and used to be on thirtysomething in the 1980s.

Other: “How the hell would I know who was on thirtysomething?  I was a baby when that was on, man.”

You: “So, what?  I was 4 years old when it started and 8 by the time it was off the air, but I still remember it existed.”

Other: “What kind of 4-year-old watched thirtysomething?”

You: “I just remember having seen it, not watching every week.  I wasn’t a fan, or anything.  Now, I did watch MacGyver every week, however.  I loved that show.”

Other: “Did you also watch the national evening news at the age of 4, too (*laughs*)?

You: “Sometimes.”

About nerdodyssey

A nerd among nerds.

Posted on August 4, 2012, in Comedy, Films, Mind Drippings, Nerd Odyssey, Nerds, Television and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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