Recently, while watching some goofy detective program my wife likes, I realized the pretty mom was played by Tiffani-Amber Theissen, once known as Kelly from ‘Saved By The Bell.’  I felt old for a moment, then happy that Tiffani and I both made it out of the 90s with our considerable charm intact.  Of course, as a fan of ‘How I Met Your Mother’, where half the cast were teen actors, I understand how good it is to see people avoid the pitfalls of youthful fame, leading to today’s formerly adolescent query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would also like to tell all the clickbait sites that children growing up is not ” baffling” or “insane” but, in fact, universal, asking: Which child-star-grown-up has made for your favorite adult creator?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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2 Comments

  1. Rob
    March 18, 2016 at 1:16 pm — Reply

    The unfailingly funny and charming Neil Patrick Harris is surely the winner of the child star lottery.

  2. Daniel Langsdale
    March 18, 2016 at 3:16 pm — Reply

    Perhaps the most successful would be Ron Howard.

    But my favorite-today-may-be-different-tomorrow would have to be Jim Shooter. At age 14 he was invigorating Legion of Super-Heroes with his writing. As an adult, his editorship of Marvel, and later the nascent Valiant, gave us some truly enduring comics.

    When he took over Mark Waid’s LSH reboot, he managed to take what Waid had established and move forward to tell new stories that closer reflected an older flavor of Legion stories without retreading old stories yet again. (Unlike what Johns did, which was to completely ignore what Waid had established to move backward to retread a twenty-year-outdated Legion; but I digress….)

    Yes, Shooter is not always the most subtle or artful of creators, but he’s known how to make an entertaining read for me.

    I! Liked! Secret! Wars!

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