I have to apologize for being late posting this week. I thought it would be a good idea to do some research and venture off to Vegas for the weekend looking for Celebrities, Church Celebrities. I made it back a little late and empty handed. I thought I could take pictures of people like Christina Agulera who’s parents met at BYU and married in the temple, or Jewel who was born in Payson to Mormon Parents, or Roseanne Barr who is really Jewish, but was raised Mormon, or maybe Jon Heder one of our most recent celebrities, or maybe one of my young girl crushes Ricky Shroder, or one of my more recent crushes James Valentine of Maroon 5 and Brandon Flowers of the killers, who explained that even though he isn’t the best example he still considers himself Mormon – But I didn’t bump into a single one of them. Shocking, isn’t it?
I guess I would have just as much luck bumping into Orson Scott Card or Steven R. Covey at a book store as I would bumping into an Osmond or Osmond like person in Vegas.
A lot of Mormon’s have made the history books. We have our bank robbing Butch Cassidy's and our forging Mark Hoffman' as well as our murdering Lafferty's.
Mormons have invented a lot of really cool things, like the television, the artificial heart and the zip drive.
When I was on the phone with my cousin after seeing Aviator he informed me that during Howard Hughes last years he would only be surrounded by Mormons. All of his staff had to be Mormon because they are the only people he trusted. Considering that Utah has one of the highest statistics for fraud I find this a bit odd.
And then of course there are all of those rumored to be Mormon (like some of the above). I remember hearing that Orvil Redinbocker was Mormon, but I think the person that told me that had their Quaker Oats (Wilford Brimley) confused with their popcorn. Or how about Steve Martin, remember when the "Steve Martin was just baptized" rumor went around?
Then we have a pile of people I didn’t even know were Mormon or famous until google let me in on their secrets. Take Glady’s Night for example - I had no idea. Or how about Tara Allred who many of you may not be familiar with, but my parents went to Penn State with her parents and the Faulconer family spent a Southern California Vacation, or first and only to Disneyland, with the Allred family. It was a lot of fun. And to google Famous Mormons and discover she is a published author, a Church Celebrity, is pretty fun stuff - she is now my FAVORITE Church Celebrity.