I have decided that henceforth Monday shall be Make-A-List Monday. I will endeavor to come up with at least one list of Charley Project MPs on this blog every Monday. We’ll see if I can keep it up.
This first list — understandably short — is probably incomplete; it’s kind of hard to find search terms that will apply in cases like these. MPs with famous relatives:
Mark Skinner Clarke‘s dad was in Congress but I’m not sure which house or for what state.
Lesley Anne Herring‘s sister is an actress who’s been in a lot of famous TV shows.
Gregory Downes Howells‘s wife was an actress and playwright and he too was involved in the show business, mostly directing his wife’s performances, but she was more famous than he was.
Viola Brown Martin‘s daughter was an American Idol semi-finalist.
Cora Christmas McGuirk‘s son Martell Webster, only a toddler when she disappeared, became a basketball player for the Portland Trailblazers.
Harry Weldon Kees was a minor Beat poet who also did short films and scores for other people’s films.
Marizela C. Perez‘s cousin, Michelle Malkin, is a noted journalist, author and conservative political commentator.
Connie Smith‘s grandfather was the governor of Wyoming.
Shamari D. Taylor‘s father was a member of Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives during the 1990s.
Lewis Barrett Welch Jr. was also a Beat poet in the sixties and had a roman à clef role in Jack Kerouac’s Big Welch, though he didn’t get as famous as he could have because of his mental problems. Like Kees’s disappearance, his case is a presumed suicide.
Amalia Monserrat Marquez was a disciple of the now-deceased cult leader Carlos Castaneda and posed as his niece.
Laureen Ann Rahn‘s mother’s boyfriend (I don’t know his name) was a professional tennis player.
Theodore Mark Stover worked as a dog trainer for a lot of famous people including three professional sports players and the guy who founded Starbuck’s.
MPs who were famous (or semi-famous) before they disappeared:
Edward Ryan Makua Hanai Aikau was legendary in Hawaii for his lifeguarding and surfing abilities as well as his activities in native Hawaiian culture.
Nicholas Joseph Begich and Thomas Hale Boggs Sr. were both in Congress; Begich was the sole voice for Alaska in the House of Representatives, and Boggs, from Louisiana, was House Majority Leader.
Victor Marquis Cooper and Corey Domanic Smith were professional football players who disappeared with a third man; Cooper played for the Oakland Raiders and Smith for the Detroit Lions.
Piotr Drabik was a noted scientist and “minor celebrity” in Poland, where he came from.
Andrew Cardoza Fluegelman was the editor of two major computer magazines, he created a computer communications program and he held the copyright to the term “freeware.”
George Jarrett Helm Jr. was a popular musician and political activist.
Joshua Johnathan Korvin competed nationally as a professional snowboarder.
Tammy Lynn Leppert was a model and actress who’d started to claw her way up and might have become something big had fate not intervened. Well, I guess she did still become something big — her disappearance is a quite well-known mystery, at least online — but it’s not the kind of fame anyone would wish for.
Rolf Neslund was locally famous for destroying the West Seattle Bridge two years before disappeared.
Christopher Ryan Smith was a professional waterboarder before an injury ended his career. (I’m assuming they mean some kind of sport, not the Guantanamo torture thing.)
Jean Elizabeth Spangler, much like Tammy Leppert, was building up a career as an actress and model when she disappeared.