Wonder Twin Powers

I just noticed that Orson’s Telescope is basically the same as our blog, except even more snarky and random, but less politically-minded. I have never seen anyone as like-minded as Jeremy, who runs the show over there. Congrats! Once we have trained them sufficiently we shall make our blogs do battle! Jeremy– Howard Jones is mormon, right? I mean, he wrote Everlasting Love.

A side note: why can’t anyone cool ever turn out to be mormon (Neil LaBute excepted)? I mean, we’re overdue for a Gordon Jump replacement about now, aren’t we? Even more interesting in my mind is how oft-recurring this topic is in the mormon blogosphere. Why the effort to point out mormon celebrities? Are we trying to have Shakespeares of our own, or is this an apologist’s tool, showing that our church can’t be all bad if we have all these celebrities. Heaven knows it’s worked for the Scientologists.


  1. “Don’t try to live your life in one day…” Perhaps it’s because his music is so positive? Of course, I’ve always like HoJo but I not always been Mormon and never lived in Utah. God help me, I never will. ;)

    What’s your definition of “cool Mormon”? What makes them cool? Is it being edgy and defiant?

  2. “It’s the same reason the French need to point out how many of their countrymen contributed to modern science and philosophy.”

    I thought only Canadians did that.

  3. Anyone like me.

  4. Funny you should say that — I recall reading somewhere a few years ago that Howard Jones is inexplicably more popular in Utah than anywhere else. In fact, his last album (at that point) had sold as well in Utah as it had in the other 49 states combined.

    I’ll see if I can dig up that reference somewhere…

  5. He’s pretty cool, I think, but man he’s got to tone down that dancing!!

  6. Hey, how come Nate steals the spotlight? I said it first.

    I feel rejected. That’s it, I’m leaving the Church.

  7. Hey, we have John Peter Lewis on American Idol. He’s cool. Right?

    OK. Maybe not.

  8. I am cool and I am a Mormon. I don’t know what you people are all complaining about.

  9. I don’t know why, but I have a running list in my head of famous and/or notable Mormons, I guess in case anyone ever asks me, “So, are there any famous Mormons, besides the Osmonds?”

    One thing I look forward to is hitting them with Gladys Knight. They’ll never expect that one. Now, you could say she’s a cool Mormon, right?

    Anyway, I think this obsession stems from some kind of inferiority complex. It’s the same reason the French need to point out how many of their countrymen contributed to modern science and philosophy.

  10. I have a one word definition of “cool mormon”: oxymoron.

  11. Stephen Evans says:

    Michelle, are you still talking about Howard Jones? ‘Cause he’s a straight shooter, and cool all the way.

    Seriously though, cool people aren’t necessarily those with all the answers or those that take an immediate stand. I agree that coolness evokes a certain image of strength of will, but self-conflict can be a part of that equation, too. Look at James Dean – internal conflicts all over the place.

  12. Nate Oman comments! This blog has officially landed.

  13. Steve Evans says:

    Nate: fair enough. I’m willing to have you be the exception to the rule.

  14. Karen Hall says:

    or oxymormon

  15. See you later, Kim.

  16. Where have you people been all my life? 4 years at BYU, trying to change the intrinsic philosphies of 30,000 using the same doctine their parents use to keep them conservative… it gets rather exhausting after a while.
    I’ll do my best to represent us lib mormons during my life-relocation to D.C. next month. Til then, it’s nice to have some camaraderie. Thanks for blogging. I’ll be reading from now on.

  17. Why would you want to honor/emulate someone that is contradictory in beliefs and actions? That’s not cool — it’s someone who can’t decide for themselves to take a stand on anything. So, I guess you’re right — that about sums up the “cool” people I know.

  18. Steve Evans says:

    You know, Canadians invented the U.N. Peacekeepers.

    We also invented the telephone.

    Canadian mormons also practiced polygamy WAY longer than those Utah wussies.

    The idea though that we are trying to culturally justify ourselves is interesting. It represents a complete reversal from the church a hundred years ago. Have we become so mainstream that we no longer desire to be a peculiar people? Or are we just tired of being viewed as freaks? Does this have doctrinal implications (i.e., we downplay the more ‘out there’ portions of our faith?)?