…Take Matt “Guitar” Murphy For ExamplePosted: March 11, 2011
How tall would you say I am? That’s a hard question for most of you to answer. You’re a little restricted by the fact that we have not met.
Let’s suppose I posted a photo or a video of myself, then asked about my height. My theory is that you’d make a guess at that point. I’m not picking on you if that’s something you’d do, I’m convinced I know how tall many of you are from the little pictures that pop up in the comment section. Our minds make up ideas about people based on information we have at hand.
I am of the generation of men for whom the three finest films ever made will always be Animal House, The Blues Brothers, and Caddyshack.
Recently I was with a group of my generational peers. We had gathered to get some work done, but happened past a television that was on a channel showing The Blues Brothers. The scene where Jake and Elwood were in the diner run by Aretha Franklin and Matt “Guitar” Murphy was on, so we were sort of compelled to watch at least until a commercial came on to break the spell.
Someone in the group said “I met Matt “Guitar” Murphy once”. This revelation was received with great reverence.. The man who said it, already well regarded, was elevated to new levels of esteem by all present. Then, he said it. We should have known it was coming…
…you think he’s big. He isn’t. He’s way shorter than you’d expect him to be. Good guy. Not tall.
A shock went through the group. Murphy had to be big. He was in the movie. THE movie. Deep down, though, we knew it was likely true. It wasn’t the first time any of us had heard the not as tall as you’d think line. It was nearly inevitable.
…Matt “Guitar” Murphy Was A Friend Of Mine…
Stories I hear of people’s encounters with those who’ve found fame often end with some variation of “not as tall as you’d think”.
Actors, musicians, politicians…all the subjects of stories from friends, none of them as tall as I’d expect.
Race car drivers, a common celebrity encounter in my part of the country, are all smaller than I’d think, according to reports received.
That guy that does the weather on the news, the woman on the TV commercial, the fan favorite on American Idol – all tiny.
…Sir, You’re No Matt “Guitar” Murphy
I wonder what would happen if I had the chance to meet the people who keep reading what I write. What would our first impressions be?
My bet is that when I left someone would say “he was a lot shorter than I imagined.”
I’m no Matt “Guitar” Murphy.
Blue Lou Marini on the saxophone ladies and gentlemen…