I’ve noted before that I and Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo were in the same high school class together (Webb School of California, ’87), and here’s some documentary proof for you that I can’t believe I actually haven’t posted before: a picture of me and Josh from our high school days. Josh is the second from the right, in the white shirt, whereas I’m second from the left, in the black sweater, with the hair and the impossibly horizontal eyebrows.
The picture, incidentally is for the “Faith Gang” — an interdenominational group on the campus who helped bring speakers from various philosophies and religions onto campus to speak at our chapel. Each of us represented some particular faith or philosophy: Rahmi Mowjood on the left was either Hindu or Muslim (hey, it was 20 years ago), Rich Garcia on the right was Catholic, Josh was Jewish, and I was the humanist representative, because in high school I was a godless heathen. I believe this picture was taken right after dinner, which would explain why everyone else in the photo is wearing suit and tie (it was boarding school); in fact, it was probably Sunday dinner, because everyone’s wearing their school tie as required for Sunday Chapel, and really, no one would be caught wearing a tie that hideous if they weren’t made to. I’m not entirely sure how I managed to get away with a sweater and jeans. I was just that way. I believe I may still have that sweater. I dare not attempt to fit into it.
One may reasonably ask what was in the water at our school that two members of the Webb School Class of 1987 have gone on to become Meggastarz of Teh IntarWeebs, yo; to be honest I really couldn’t tell you. I think it was the mercury. Also, to be accurate, Josh is the Meggastar of Teh IntarWeebs of the two of us, with a current Technorati ranking of 75; with my Technorati ranking of 1033, I’m a bit down the Web Celebrity food chain — the Internet Yo La Tengo to his online REM, if you will. But, you know. Go look at the Talking Points Memo Web empire and tell me he doesn’t deserve it. Anyway, I’ve got my science fiction geek fame going on; I’m doing fine, thanks.
My question is not why the two of us are relatively well-known blog types but where the heck aren’t other people from our high school out here blogging their asses off. I mean, come on: hyper-educated spawn of West Coast nuevo riche? What about the demographic doesn’t scream “blogger”? (although, truth to tell I was the school annual charity case and I don’t think Josh was from crazy rich parentage either. Hmmmm.) There are a few other Webb blogs (ha!), but not a whole lot that I know about. Clearly this needs to be corrected. So if you or anyone you know blogs and attended the Webb School of California (or, heck, the Webb Schools in Bell Buckle or Knoxville; I’m not picky), you should let me know. Heck, we’ve got the right school name for blogging.