I’m sure each of you has experienced someone you know, or maybe even someone you just met, who looks at you and says, “Did anyone ever tell you that you look just like…?” And then they name some celebrity, politician, or otherwise famous — or infamous — person. Dead or alive.
This is a phenomenon known as doppelgänger. Doppelgänger is a German word derived from two words, “doppel,” meaning double, and “gänger,” meaning walker or goer. Literally “double-goer,” a doppelgänger is a look-alike or double of a another person.
Do you remember the 80s TV sitcom, “Family Ties”? That’s the show that gave Michael J. Fox his start.
Fox played the conservative Republican son, Alex Keating, of two liberal, ex-hippie parents, Elyse and Steven Keating, played by Meredith Baxter-Birney, and Michael Gross, respectively. “You know, you look just like the father on that show “Family Ties,’” people would tell me. “Hey, you could be Steven Keating’s double,” they’d say.
For as long as that show was on the air, which was seven years, not a week would go by without someone remarking how much I looked like the father on “Family Ties.”
I didn’t see it, but even my wife and kids agreed that there seemed to be, well, a family resemblance. I think it may have been my longish, salt and pepper hair, receding hairline, and dark (at the time) beard. You know how all men with beards look alike, right?
And so, as I was thinking of what to use for my D word for today’s A to Z Challenge, I thought about what must have been my striking resemblance to Michael Gross, the actor who played Steven Keating. I even remember someone using the word doppelgänger.
I, however, never did see the resemblance. What do you think? (Michael Gross is the guy on the left.)
Anyway, my doppelgänger, at least back in the 80s, was Michael Gross. Surely you have, at some point in your life, been told you look like someone else. Who is it that you resemble?
Come back tomorrow for my letter E post.