MPs with famous relatives, and MPs who were famous themselves

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.

Honorable mentions:
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.

23 thoughts on “MPs with famous relatives, and MPs who were famous themselves

  1. Ilya Sitnikov April 1, 2013 / 9:11 am

    Two words – Richey Edwards.

    He was a guitarist for British band Manic Street Preachers and I think that there’s tons of theories of what happened to him.

    The other person that I’m reminded of is Joe Pichler, teen actor – unlike Richey’s case, however, they have no clue still of where he is.

  2. Karen W. April 1, 2013 / 9:37 am

    You could also add Jodi Huisentruit. She was a famous television anchor in her city.

    • Meaghan April 1, 2013 / 9:47 am

      Yeah, I should have added her. I figured I’d missed a few.

      • jerica April 1, 2013 / 10:08 pm

        Marie Fowler, Hale Boggs, Nick Behich, Adam Hecht, James N.Gray

  3. Sara April 1, 2013 / 10:10 am

    I also immediately thought of Joe Pichler.

    • Meaghan April 1, 2013 / 10:53 am

      Yeah, I can’t believe I forgot about him.

  4. Sara April 1, 2013 / 10:11 am

    Oh, and Lucely Aramburo.

  5. Jeannee April 1, 2013 / 1:19 pm

    TY for this (and for all your work here)!!! Jean Elizabeth Spangler is a new MP for me and a very fascinating woman, one that a true crime writer should do a bio on! I wonder whatever happened to Christine …?…..

  6. Sara April 1, 2013 / 3:17 pm

    Ylenia Carrisi is another. Also Errol Flynn’s son, Sean, who disappeared while in Cambodia while working as a journalist. (Though he’s not on the site for obvious reasons.)

    • Justin April 1, 2013 / 6:25 pm

      Arrgh. I was going to mention Ylenia Carrisi and you beat me to it. She was the granddaughter of Actor Tyrone Power.

  7. libraryjobber April 1, 2013 / 7:20 pm

    Joseph Crater was a reasonably well-known judge and lawyer.

    Thomas Hale Boggs was the father of news anchor Cokie Roberts.

    Andrew Carnegie Whitfield was the nephew by marriage of Andrew Carnegie.

  8. Kat April 1, 2013 / 7:38 pm

    I think Mark’s father may have been James McClure Clarke from NC. Not sure though.

  9. Bev April 1, 2013 / 9:26 pm

    There was a fairly famous journalist, who wrote a lot of stories regarding athletes, who disappeared in the late 1960’s. A website using the man’s name is out there and provides much detail. I can’t think of the name, but will find it for you.

    If you are only dealing with US stories, I can see why you didn’t mention the Prime Minister of Australia who disappeared in the late 1960’s as well. Went out swimming and never came back.

    Bev

  10. Anita April 1, 2013 / 10:43 pm

    Helen Brach

  11. amy April 2, 2013 / 2:27 am

    Look up Connie Converse. She’s been missing since 1974 but no one will profile the case.

    Also, Randy California, musician, who apparently drowned but his remains were never found. He rescued his son before he died.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connie_Converse

    Her music is very cool,as well. I own her album. I wish someone would publicize her disappearance.

  12. Justin April 2, 2013 / 3:45 am

    Christina ‘Licorice’ McKechnie of the Incredible String Band. She may or may not be missing.

  13. CarlK90245 April 2, 2013 / 4:09 pm

    IIRC, you used to have NBA player Brian Williams (AKA Bison Dele), and his girlfriend Serena Karlan, I suppose since their remains are presumably in the South Pacific Ocean, it didn’t make sense to keep them listed on a USA only MP site.

    Williams was a NBA player for 8 years and played for several teams. He was teammate of Michael Jordan on the 1997 Chicago Bulls championship team.

    • Kat April 2, 2013 / 9:46 pm

      That case was very chilling. What a tragic set of circumstances. I know people who won’t swim in the ocean because of all the remains in it…..though I’d argue there are worse things than that.

  14. Cattt April 6, 2013 / 1:32 am

    Thanks for the list. Interesting to read them like that. : )

  15. Stephanie November 9, 2013 / 12:19 am

    Myra King, cousin of Natlie Cole,.Neice of Nat King Cole

  16. christyleigh333 July 13, 2019 / 7:05 am

    Thomas Boggs was not from Louisiana he was a Congressman from Alaska but lounge owner Louis Boggs was from Louisiana and he was not a Congressman however! Love your site!

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