It was always my mother’s assertion that Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (aka Cassandra Peterson of Manhattan, Kansas) was her cousin.  I was never able to confirm this with her mother, since Gramma didn’t really know who the legendary horror host/advertising icon was, but also because she insisted that her most famous relative was Martha Washington.  Both are pretty cool and absolutely unconfirmed scientifically, but since there are so few famous Petersons in the world, I’m just happy to know that my name is cool somewhere, leading to today’s familial query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) notes that Stephen shares a surname with a footballer and a cool anti-Nazi resistance fighter of WWII, asking: Who is YOUR most famous relative?


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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.


  1. Jarmo Seppänen on

    Probably Eero Seppänen, knighted with Mannerheim’s Cross, a highest military accolade in Finland during war against Soviet Union during WW2.

  2. My Dad’s uncle composed a song that became very famous throughout Latin America back in the 50s or 60s. He also composed a handful of popular songs for other musicians to perform. Because of this and because we have a very rare last name people would constantly ask me if I knew who he was when they recognized my last name. It wasn’t until I was older that I learned why so many strangers would randomly freak out when they met us.

    There is also a series of historical fiction books written by a famous scholar in Spain regarding the history and generational conflicts across several families in a certain region there, and the villains of the story are my antecedents. My great-grandfather was born there. My uncle passed on his copy of one of the books to me. So weird to be the bad guys lol.

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