Saturday, April 25, 2009

owen and newt, newt and owen

You see these two guys? I think they look alike. The one on the right is Newt Gingrich. The man on the left is Owen Gingerich. Yep - he has an extra 'e' in his last name.

Here's the story: Last week, we were watching a Bill Nye the Science Guy video on the solar system in Earth Science. Owen was the resident expert on the ancient models of the solar system, and was trying to get Bill to read Babylonian. Good times. While the video was playing, I kept thinking, "God, this guy looks familiar." Then, his name flashed on the bottom of the screen. Leah (the other teacher in the room) and I both said, at the same time, "Wonder if he's related to Newt?" The kids think we're crazy, anyway, so they paid no attention to us.

During my Channel One class, I looked up Owen on Google. This is where I found out about the extra 'e' in the name. Then, I found out that Newt is not really a Gingrich, but a McPherson by birth. So, fail - not related. During our joint planning time, Leah told me she did the very same thing during her Channel One. We. are. total. nerds.

But we do find out stuff.

And now I'm wondering if, perhaps, Newt is related to my brother-in-law?


Karen said...

We've known that Newt was born a McPherson--but we categorically deny any connection!!

Kyle said...

Thanks for making this public! I had gone through a similar thought process of "hey, he looks familiar - wait, and the name!"

Good to know; thanks for your research

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Emeka said...

I was just watching the same sci channel show and had the same thought process. They do like very much.

Anonymous said...

Anything further on this? I saw the video this week and had the same thought. Google brought me to this page and I was glad to see that I was not the only one thinking this.

Shyste said...

Ha! I'm watching the show online right now and thought the very same thing, which lead me here haha.

Anonymous said...


same for me! =D

Gus Morphet-Brown said...

I just caught Owen on Season 1 Episode 14 of "The Universe," thought the same thing, and had to pause and search

Anonymous said...

Exact same sequence as mentioned by other people above landed me here through google .

Anonymous said...

I was watching a doc on Galileo and that's why I'm here. Have these folk ever had a DNA test done?

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