bird man or movie star?

April 9, 2006

in Silly stuff and bluster

I know a lot of ornithologists, but I can’t think of any that look like celebrities.  Perhaps that makes Emmet (Bob) Blake unique.  He died in 1997, and was eulogized in an issue of the Auk, the journal of the American Ornithologists’ Union.  It printed this photo:

I was so taken with the striking resemblance of Blake to Humphrey Bogart, that I put this picture in my lab next to the digital scale, with the caption, “Weigh it again, Sam.”


John April 9, 2006 at 2:51 pm

That picture makes it look like he's up to something nefarious.

Roger B. April 9, 2006 at 3:32 pm

"Are these the eggs of the Maltese Falcon?"

Aydin April 10, 2006 at 9:43 am

How about "Blow it again, Sam"

Home Bird April 11, 2006 at 10:13 pm

It was a dark and stormy night, and the directions I'd been sent by mysterious courier led me on a wild goose egg chase.

pascal April 12, 2006 at 8:58 am

"It's the stuff omlettes are made of…"

Clare April 18, 2006 at 12:44 am

Good thing I wasn't going to make a faux Bogie quote. My appreciation of the previously unknown (to me) Mr. Blake has grown immensely. Humphrey Bogart was the greatest. Treasure of the Sierra Madre… pure genius.

Ellen May 2, 2006 at 12:40 pm

Permits? We don't need no stinking permits!

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