Sunday, September 04, 2005

Separated at birth? (if you close your eyes, anyway)

The death of Chief Justice Rehnquist had just been announced on the TV in the den. I wasn't watching it, though--just listening from the kitchen, where I was cleaning out the fridge.

People who had known him were telling anecdotes about him, and then I heard a familiar voice. Carol Channing.

What could Carol Channing possibly have to say about Justice Rehnquist? I thought, puzzled. What commentary could she possibly give; whatever are they interviewing her for?

The voice went on and on, up and down and all around, mostly scratchy and gravelly but occasionally squeaky. I couldn't hear many of the words, so I started to walk into the den to get a better notion of what Channing's connection to Rehnquist could possibly have been.

And then it struck me: it was Susan Estrich I was hearing, not Channing at all. But without the visuals, they sound positively identical.

How could there possibly be two of that voice?

Separated at birth? Nah, couldn't be. Or could it?


At 11:34 AM, September 04, 2005, Blogger Pastorius said...

Axl Rose, lead singer of Guns n' Roses, sounds like Carol Channing when he sings. It's hilarious if you think about it.

Actually, when he goes into his lower register he sounds like Al Jolson. That's almost equally hilarious

At 11:45 AM, September 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charles Rangel sounds like Estrich who sounds like Channing...

If that isn't bad enough...

Mr. Ed, Cher and Johnny Cash -- same singing voice.


I think not.

At 10:21 AM, September 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I think it's most inappropriate to insult the appearance of a well-qualified, accomplished --- ah, who am I kidding, that Estrich is one weird looking duck. I've seen little children start crying when she's come on the tube....

At 12:48 AM, September 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once when I was in college, a foreign student asked me where a certain building was and I told him. The foreign student was about 5'6" and 110lbs. He sounded just like Ahh-nuld, but (obviously) did not look at all like him.

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