Sunday, April 14, 2019

More Brats: Action!

Yesterday I spoke briefly with a friend about "military brats". Being the Star Wars fan that he is, my friend reminded me that actor Mark Hamill is a brat: His father was a member of the U.S. Navy.

In August of 2017 I wrote about the high number of artistic Canadians who lived the brat experience; a dependent of a father who served in the Canadian Armed Forces (Royal Canadian Air Force / Canadian Army / Royal Canadian Navy).

An updated list:

* Bryan Adams (musician)
* Douglas Coupland (writer/artist)
* Michael J. Fox (actor/activist)
* Tom Green (comedian/actor)
* John Kricfaluci (animator/writer)
* Ann-Marie MacDonald (writer/actor)
* Matt Frewer (actor)
* Ron MacLean (sportscaster)

I told my friend that we brats packed up and moved every four years. In my case: Quebec; Nova Scotia; Germany; Ontario. Not all brats recall the frequent moves as being anything to write home about, but I loved it. When I lived in Germany, one address was in a town right on the French border -- two for the price of one.

And I ended up working in the arts; so too has a sibling.

As my father served in the armed forces during the Cold War, I'm wondering if this outcome may be part of some "plot".

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