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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.”

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 192 (or “Not-so-happy feet”)


The comedy highlight of your day is finding out that Fred Astaire starred in an actual horror film released in 1981 called Ghost Story.  What is less funny upon viewing the movie, however, is the random frontal male nudity early in the film.  Though, you find yourself grateful that the nude scene did not involve the octogenarian Fred Astaire.

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 75


You metaphorically devoured Ghost Story, the latest Dresden Files novel, in less than 24 hours of it arriving on your Kindle, and it was everything you had hoped that it would be…