Oh Yeah? Well, My Classmate Ended Up …

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Memes are made to be heisted. So here’s one I heisted from the (U.K.) Times‘s Comment Central blog by Daniel Finkelstein, who of course heisted it from someone else.

It’s as simple as this:

One of my classmates wound up _____________________.

Maybe the reason I like this so much is that I know so pitifully little about most of the people I went to school with. But I do know that …

1. One of my classmates from grade school ended up working as a NASA rocket scientist. He was always really smart, although he and I once tried to make a raft out of a door and we sank it in his pond.

2. One of my classmates from college wound up dead in a river in Dublin, his hometown, cause unknown. He was a great friend although I wasn’t shocked to hear this outcome.

3. One of my classmates from grad school wound up getting married the morning John F. Kennedy Jr.‘s body was found. At the church and later at the reception, we were all careful not to say anything to let him and his new wife know. But it turns out they knew all along. He is a great guy, and he and his wife now have three kids, but whenever I think of him I immediately think of Kennedy’s death.

How about yours?


Hannah

1. One of my college classmates ended up as a contestant on Bravo's Make Me A Supermodel
2. One of my high school classmates also ended up as a rocket scientist at NASA (wonder if they work together??)

LawrenceHigh81

One of my high school classmates wound up on cable tv, late at nite, hosting some comedy show. They're calling him the new Cronkite.

sarahmas

"At the church and later at the reception, we were all careful not to say anything to let him and his new wife know. "

Why? Was he friends with JFK Jr? If not, would this really have affected his enjoyment of his very important day? Please don't take this as a dismissive or scornful question, I just don't think most normal people are overly affected by celebrity deaths, as tragic as they may be.

Jamie

A year or two post-graduation, one of my high school classmates went to the hospital in pain, thinking her appendix had ruptured or something, and she ended up giving birth to a baby girl. Didn't even know she was pregnant.

Guillermo C. Jimenez

One of my classmates from college ended up on the front page of the NY Post, when he died in a mountain-climbing accident. The Post blared "Ivy Grad dies in Climbing Accident." When I saw the headline, I flashed back to the college weekend when he took his first rock-climbing lesson.

Another of my classmates from college is MIchelle Martin, the NPR radio host. It's funny but I listen to her now much more than I ever did in college.

Raj Pandravada

One of my classmates from college also wound up dead in a river near his hometown in India. He couldn't swim. I WAS shocked to hear of this - he was friendly and good-natured...RIP

One of my classmates from 7th grade was allegedly brainwashed by a cult of some sort and ran away with them; we never heard from her again (probably apocryphal, but it definitely made for gossip and myth)

Brad

One of my classmates (elementary through college) once drank an entire pitcher of beer in twelve seconds.

Sean Jin

One of my classmates from grade school ended up two years behind me in college, but he's more in shape than I am. Haha.

One of my classmates from middle school joined the Navy as a cryptologist, and now I'm following his footsteps by attending Officer Candidate School in about a month.

One of my classmates from high school was a big jock in high school, played football, and later came out in college. His boyfriend killed himself a few months ago, and he killed himself a few days later through a drug overdose.

kdg

One of my college classmates worked for Ozzy Osborne. During his TV show period. Not at all a surprise.

Another wrote a fiction best seller. Big surprise from apparently a "still waters run deep" kind of guy.

Another turned up dead after scouting for a bike trip in Thailand. They think heart issues. A shock, but not a surprise.

I could go on and on. I went to an interesting school.

Jim

yeah, well one of MY classmates ended up doing...er, dating the girl who played JAN BRADY on the Brady Bunch! (as adults..)

and....and.... another one of my classmates ended up as a featured guest-star role across from Jean Luc-Picard on Star Trek NG (I think that was the one....) The whole show was the two of them trapped together for about an hour.

and another one of my classmates ended up doing the movie: Hoop Dreams.

and another one of my classmates ended up doing Real Estate in the town she grew up in and never left.

Nugget

Number 3 reminds me of a friend's story about a classmate of his, which I will shamelessly link here:

http://defectiveyeti.com/?p=3694

CandyKay

One of my high-school classmates became an international arms dealer. He was a nice, unassuming, moderately good-looking guy who did well on the soccer team, and the last guy in the world you would have thought would be selling advanced weaponry to God-knows-who.

Jennifer

One of my classmates became a professional nurse. I hear she is married and quite happy. Her wedding photos were lovely.

Another married a cocaine addict. I hear they have three children. No word on her happiness quotient.

A third married her high school sweetheart and now run the farm she was raised on. She runs the high-school reunion comitee and calls or writes every ten years.

My mom keeps giving her my contact information.

JMC

Sean Jin - What does the fact that you classmate played football have anything to do with him being gay and killing himself?

eric

One of my classmates in high shcool wrote comic books. He wrote Superman and X-Men before leaving the field to work (more or less) full time in live theater. At one time, he wrote ~5 books a month. His health suffered so he took a full year off. Apparenlty, writing comics is pretty lucrative

Another classmate from high school got drunk, drove his car home, got into an accident - injuring the other driver. Apparently, distraught over what happened, he killed himself. The other driver wasn't seriously hurt.

JBJ

One of my college classmates plays vigilante serial killer Dexter on the Showtime series.

Linus

One of my high school classmates became a tv news anchor in Philadelphia.

One of my high school classmates is a doctor doing AIDs work with the Clinton foundation in Malawi.

One of my high school classmates is an engineer at Microsoft.

And from what i can tell on FB, all of my high school classmates are more attractive and happier than in HS.

Eddie

I was home schooled.

Friendswood82

I grew up just down the road from Mission Control. Several of my classmates ended up as rocket scientists.

One classmate is currently married to Brooke Shields.

Two are also professional comedians.

Another David

One of my classmates, who used to make fun of me for being short and geeky, is now my intern.