Thursday, October 2, 2008

Local Attorney Is Immortal!

If you've read Neil Gaiman's comic book series, The Sandman (and you should because it's the best thing he's ever done and possibly the best comic book series ever!), you know the story of Hob Gadling, ordinary human who decides not to die:

Dream and Death, visiting mortals in the 14th Century, visit a tavern where, among other patrons, Geoffrey Chaucer is discussing poetry with a friend. At another table, a man named Hob Gadling says people only die because they think they have to, but he's not going to do it. At Dream's request, Death agrees not to take Hob as long as he keeps his attitude, and Dream makes an appointment to see him at the same place a hundred years hence. They do meet again, and again in another hundred years. This time Will Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe are among the patrons when Dream and Hob meet. Afterwards, Dream takes Shakespeare aside, having overheard him tell Marlowe "I would give anything to have your gifts." Two hundred years later, Hob asks Dream if Shakespeare sold him his soul. "Nothing so crude," Dream replies. Hob and Dream continue to meet, century after century, and become friends, in a strange sort of way.
Every "lifetime" or so, Hob has to switch names and jobs and take on the life of his "son" or "grandson," etc. etc. He goes through many lives as a slaver, businessman, mercenary and more and eventually learns that there are others like him, also immortal by choice.

I think my boyfriend and I have found another immortal by choice, living in plain sight right here in the Kansas City area. Check it out, local attorney George Taft looks exactly like President William Howard Taft:

funny pictures

Coincidence? I think not. He didn't even bother to change his last name... just like Hob Gadling. And that's pure fake proof for ya, folks!

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3 comments:

Tony said...

Great find.

m.v. said...

I bet he knows of the resemblance

MoxieMamaKC said...

You'd think he'd at least ~try~ to disguise himself a little better.