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Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby Neel Mehta » Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:19 pm

Over in this thread, some of us were trying to solve some very old "What do they have in common?" lists from SPY Magazine that were quoted in Ken's blog posts here, here, and here. I mentioned that the idea for such lists were better than their execution, and suggested that we could do better.

So here is my first SPY-style list. What do they have in common?

Paul Beaumont
Scott Broadwell
Billy Ray Cyrus
Walter Fane
Bob Geldof
Joe Hallenbeck
Doug Hampton
Martin Huggins
William Lamb
Gustav Mahler
Zeppo Marx
Bill O'Reilly
Lou Diamond Phillips
Alisdair Stewart
Pierre Trudeau

I have only two more ideas for lists, so I'm really hoping others will think of their own lists to contribute. Just to keep the thread going.
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby braggtastic » Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:53 am

Does it have to do with
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their wives publicly leaving them for another?
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby Neel Mehta » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:03 pm

braggtastic wrote:Does it have to do with
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their wives publicly leaving them for another?


You're on the right track but not quite there. For example, your statement does not apply to
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Martin Huggins.
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby skullturfq » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:28 pm

Here's my attempt. I suspect this one is in keeping with the spirit of the SPY lists.

Lance Armstrong
Richard Belzer
Frank Church
Francisco Franco
Tom Green
Adolf Hitler (maybe)
John Kruk
Bobby Moore
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby skullturfq » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:39 pm

And a different list:

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor
Stephen Craig and Marie Osmond
Joseph Stephen Crane and Lana Turner
Elliott Gould and Jennifer Bogart
Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith
Stan Laurel and Virginia Rogers
Richard Pryor and Flynn Belaine
Richard Pryor and Jennifer Lee
Neil Simon and Diane Lander
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby braggtastic » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:46 pm

Lance Armstrong
Richard Belzer
Frank Church
Francisco Franco
Tom Green
Adolf Hitler (maybe)
John Kruk
Bobby Moore

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Uniballers
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby braggtastic » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:48 pm

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor
Stephen Craig and Marie Osmond
Joseph Stephen Crane and Lana Turner
Elliott Gould and Jennifer Bogart
Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith
Stan Laurel and Virginia Rogers
Richard Pryor and Flynn Belaine
Richard Pryor and Jennifer Lee
Neil Simon and Diane Lander
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood

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Married & divorced each other twice
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby skullturfq » Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:02 pm

braggtastic wrote:
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor
Stephen Craig and Marie Osmond
Joseph Stephen Crane and Lana Turner
Elliott Gould and Jennifer Bogart
Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith
Stan Laurel and Virginia Rogers
Richard Pryor and Flynn Belaine
Richard Pryor and Jennifer Lee
Neil Simon and Diane Lander
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood

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Married & divorced each other twice


Close enough for full credit, but technically, I think that some of these couples
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never divorced a second time. For example, Pryor and Lee's second marriage was ended not by divorce, but by Pryor's death.
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby skullturfq » Wed May 01, 2013 6:43 am

This next one is probably also somewhat in the spirit of the SPY lists in that it's a little too personal.

Lily Allen
Kirstie Alley
Mariah Carey
Courteney Cox
Celine Dion
Bethenny Frankel
Whitney Houston
Nicole Kidman
Beyonce Knowles
Pink
Giuliana Rancic
Brooke Shields
Barbara Walters
Oprah Winfrey
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby braggtastic » Wed May 01, 2013 9:57 am

I hate to be hogging these, but they're actually things I know without even thinking about them. This list is
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women who have had miscarriages and either discussed or wrote about them in a public forum.
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby skullturfq » Wed May 01, 2013 10:33 am

Correct again. You know your celebrities.
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby braggtastic » Wed May 01, 2013 10:38 am

And I haven't watched E! in years and years, and never read celeb magazines.
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby Neel Mehta » Wed May 01, 2013 11:33 am

skullturfq wrote:Lance Armstrong
Richard Belzer
Frank Church
Francisco Franco
Tom Green
Adolf Hitler (maybe)
John Kruk
Bobby Moore

You could add Peter Callaghan to that list. I admit I liked it when SPY would mix fictional characters with real people, and I look to do the same. He's the only one that came to mind.

skullturfq wrote:And a different list:

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor
Stephen Craig and Marie Osmond
Joseph Stephen Crane and Lana Turner
Elliott Gould and Jennifer Bogart
Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith
Stan Laurel and Virginia Rogers
Richard Pryor and Flynn Belaine
Richard Pryor and Jennifer Lee
Neil Simon and Diane Lander
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood

You could put Mitch Daniels and Cheri Herman on your list. He was considered for my list, but I could not confirm a chronology.
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby skullturfq » Wed May 01, 2013 5:44 pm

I love this thread. Here's another list.

Carol Burnett
Joan Collins
Barbara Hershey
Gina Lollobrigida
Madonna
Demi Moore
Bernadette Peters
Martha Raye
Susan Sarandon
Dinah Shore
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby Neel Mehta » Wed May 01, 2013 7:28 pm

skullturfq wrote:I love this thread. Here's another list.

Carol Burnett
Joan Collins
Barbara Hershey
Gina Lollobrigida
Madonna
Demi Moore
Bernadette Peters
Martha Raye
Susan Sarandon
Dinah Shore


I can't see how it applies to Susan Sarandon, nor the need for all women, but I want to say the answer has to do with
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teeth or dental work.
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby skullturfq » Wed May 01, 2013 7:36 pm

Nope. It's something else.
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby gwynn1984 » Thu May 02, 2013 4:33 am

skullturfq wrote:
I love this thread. Here's another list.

Carol Burnett
Joan Collins
Barbara Hershey
Gina Lollobrigida
Madonna
Demi Moore
Bernadette Peters
Martha Raye
Susan Sarandon
Dinah Shore


I think it has to do with:

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Female celebrities much older than their male partners/husbands
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby skullturfq » Thu May 02, 2013 5:46 am

gwynn1984 is correct.
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby braggtastic » Thu May 02, 2013 5:58 am

Surprised that list didn't include Cher.
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby Neel Mehta » Thu May 02, 2013 8:00 am

Neel Mehta wrote:Paul Beaumont
Scott Broadwell
Billy Ray Cyrus
Walter Fane
Bob Geldof
Joe Hallenbeck
Doug Hampton
Martin Huggins
William Lamb
Gustav Mahler
Zeppo Marx
Bill O'Reilly
Lou Diamond Phillips
Alisdair Stewart
Pierre Trudeau


What I was going for: each of these men were
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cuckolds. And not the fetish kind. Some reconciled with their wives; some didn't.


Another list:

Cory Booker
Wesley Clark
Ronan Farrow
Russ Feingold
Pat Haden
Edwin Hubble
Bobby Jindal
Kris Kristofferson
Rachel Maddow
Terrence Malick
Dean Rusk
Paul Sarbanes
George Stephanopoulos
Robert Penn Warren
Naomi Wolf
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby braggtastic » Thu May 02, 2013 9:59 am

Good to know it's not just frivolous Hollywood celebs I know facts about without research. All of these people are
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Rhodes scholars
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby Bill » Thu May 02, 2013 10:17 am

List 7

Mario Andretti
Nicholas Brendon
José Canseco
Ann B. Davis
Linda Hamilton
Jill Hennessey
Marlon Jackson
Elvis Presley
Peter Shaffer
Jim Thorpe
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby skullturfq » Thu May 02, 2013 10:24 am

Bill wrote:List 7

Mario Andretti
Nicholas Brendon
José Canseco
Ann B. Davis
Linda Hamilton
Jill Hennessey
Marlon Jackson
Elvis Presley
Peter Shaffer
Jim Thorpe


I only knew this about some of those people, but I think these are
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twins.
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby Neel Mehta » Thu May 02, 2013 1:04 pm

List #8:

Joe Biden
Tony Blair
Michael Bolton
Alan Dershowitz
Bob Dylan
T.S. Eliot
Jane Goodall
George Harrison
Arianna Huffington
Saddam Hussein
Helen Keller
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Carlos Mencia
Vladimir Putin
H.G. Wells
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Re: Open Thread for SPY-style lists

Postby gwynn1984 » Thu May 02, 2013 4:19 pm

Neel Mehta said"

List #8:

Joe Biden
Tony Blair
Michael Bolton
Alan Dershowitz
Bob Dylan
T.S. Eliot
Jane Goodall
George Harrison
Arianna Huffington
Saddam Hussein
Helen Keller
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Carlos Mencia
Vladimir Putin
H.G. Wells"


I was going to answer, but I figure instead I'll wait for someone else to do it, and just copy that.
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