The Importance of being Ernest

July 26, 2009

Blog Guy, I’m a huge fan of actress Mariel Hemingway’s grandfather. Does he have any surviving children?

Yes, I believe Ernest Hemingway has six sons, who in fact just held a reunion. Note in this group photo down below how much they resemble Papa.

Wait a minute. Those aren’t sons, those are just people trying to look like Hemingway!

Gosh, that sounds strange. Shouldn’t they be competing to write like Hemingway rather than look like him?

Nah, this way is more inclusive. It bypasses talent completely and opens it up to any aging plump guy with a beard.

Well, I’ve posted a photo of Hemingway himself, taken the year he won the David Douglas Look-Alike contest.

But… But… Douglas is the guy who just won the HEMINGWAY Look-Alike contest!

It kind of makes your head hurt to think about it, huh?

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Above middle: Ernest Hemingway portrait by Josef Karsh.Above right: Mariel Hemingway in 2007 file photo.  REUTERS/Mario AnzuoniLeft: David Douglas (C) is surrounded by previous winners as he celebrates winning the 2009 “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike contest at Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Key West, Florida, July 25, 2009. REUTERS/ Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/Handout

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Oh just stop. This is the Alec Guiness lookalike contest. You’re not fooling anyone.

mmmm, Guinness. Think I’ll have a beer.

Posted by Tim | Report as abusive

To be completely honest, I expected Ernest P. Worrell.I’m left disappointed. :(Know what I mean, Vern!?

Posted by JD | Report as abusive

I bet it got better attendance than the Yoko Ono sound-alike karaoke contest they held last year.

Posted by Brian | Report as abusive