Sunday, May 12, 2013

My most unbelievable family story ever

My mom and I went to see Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at a movie theater that plays retro movies every week. Half way through she leaned over and made a comment along the lines of, "Grandpa measured her at Harvard, I think." I did not know wtf she was talking about so I just assumed she was making a joke that went over my head and didn't really think twice about it. After the movie she said that either Jane Russell or Ava Gardner went to visit Harvard, and the anthropology club took her "scientific measurements" and gave her a human skull as a gift. Um, WHAT? The only thing crazier than that story is the fact that this was the first I had heard of it, ever. That's my grandpa on the right. This post might also be a good time to mention that he was also friends with Fred Gwynne, who played Herman on The Munsters and also went to Harvard. I've heard that story since I was a kid though. I wonder what other stories my family is keeping secret from me.


  1. Haha, that is one amazing story and you even found the paper with your grandfather ◔◡◔
    (I accidentally found your blog in scathingly brilliant comments)

  2. I have my aunts to thank for the picture. I should ask if anyone has the original. I find a lot of my favorite blogs through comments on other blogs, thanks for letting me know :D

  3. Ditto, I'm sat here riffling through the comments on my favourite blogs, looking for other soon-to-be favourite blogs :) and I love Marilyn in that film when she says something like 'I'm not marrying him for his money ' (her fiancé) 'I'm marrying him for YOUR money' (her father-in-law to-be) ! Brilliant :)