Another chance to show off your erudition!

(I know, I’m using the term icon loosely — it’s not like I had a lot of material to work with here).


  1. Ah-hem… ‘scuse me (clears throat). Have you forgotten Gladys Knight? She puts the “pop” in “Mormon pop-culture…” :)

  2. Joseph N says:

    Aw… I wanted to vote for Tracy Hickman. Oh well, OSC is a good choice too.

  3. Kristine says:

    Don’t know about Eliza as an icon, but she has the coolest Mom of the bunch!!

  4. Charles says:

    Glen Larson rocks!
    Although I’m probably thinking of shows like BJ and the bear, Battlestar Gallactica, Buck Rogers, Knight Rider et al through the sugary paradigm of youth.

    I still get stuck when channel surfing and finding one on late at night somewhere.

  5. I knew I was forgetting someone . . .

  6. D. Fletcher says:

    I played the piano at Dale Murphy’s wedding reception (Billy Caspar’s house in Price, Utah). Also, Dale was later the Mission President in Boston area, I believe.

    My parents and sister/brother-in-law lived in Belmont, MA, in the ward with Judy Dushku and Eliza. Judy is sisters with Lisa Arrington, James’s wife, and I wrote a musical with James. There’s your small world.

    I agree, though, that Gladys Knight sort of kicks butt, here.

  7. I was going to put in my second vote for Danny Ainge, but since that would be a wasted vote I’ll give it to Elizabeth Dushku as the best “anyone but Card” candidate. I’ll try and throw in one more vote tonight from yet another machine.

  8. I’d also add a write-in vote for Glen A. Larson, creator of Battlestar Galactica!!

  9. I’d forgotten (happily) about BJ and the Bear. …

  10. Kristine says:

    No, Eliza doesn’t *have* kids (that I know of), she *is* the kid of a very cool woman named Judy Dushku, who teaches in the International Studies program at Simmons (I think?) and is an Africa expert, as well as one of the founding mothers of Exponent II and a generally fascinating and wonderful human being.

  11. Oh. They’re all American. :(

  12. She has kids?! Holy moley!

    I think we can definitely say that the cooler the mormon icon, the more outlandish/apostate they are. Which is why in critical literary circles Neil LaBute is the only mormon with any respect.

  13. Whatever happened to Glen A. Larson. He’s not had TV shows in *years*. Did he retire? I heard he’d left the church as well.

  14. I can’t access the site. How many times have you guys heard that from me?

    Dale Murphy was, maybe still is, a mission president. A kid in our ward was in that mission and he loved President Murphy.