Laura Erickson's For the Birds

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Weird collection of stories

Today I'm going to be blogging some stories about birds I've rehabbed, but for some reason that eludes me, I'm starting with another story altogether, that has nothing to do with birds but may somehow relate to why birders are good at recognizing different bird sounds. It all started with me thinking about James Earl Jones. I'll never forget seeing, and hearing, him perform as Othello at the Goodman Theater in Chicago when I was in high school. It was the most moving performance I'd ever seen. Years later, Russ and I found ourselves in a movie theater watching Star Wars, and I went nuts trying to remember who that voice belonged to. Suddenly, I blurted out, "It's Othello!!!" I couldn't remember the actor's name who had performed in the play so long ago, but I KNEW it was him. At the end of the movie I watched the credits to see who the actor was, and it said, "David Prowse." So I rushed home, pulled out my Stagebill, and was stopped short. Russ wasn't surprised--he thought there was no way I could remember a voice from so long ago. But I was so SURE. And then, weeks or months later, there was an article in I think Parade about the actor behind Darth Vader's voice. And that was the most gratifying "I told you so" of my entire life.