I was surprised when I picked up this month's MR to discover that it carried an article with Michael Gross' by-line - surprised, because the name pushed a button that said "vaguely familiar, but for inexplicable reasons."
Then I saw his picture on the MR website, and thought - "Of course - Family Ties
." Theatrical elements are always welcome in a hobby that Frank Ellison helped found - I won't say artistic, because there are thirty pages of discussion on that topic elsewhere - but he seems like a nice choice to spread the hobby. The famous people who come most immediately to my mind - Walt Disney excepted - as model railroaders are Frank Sinatra and Roy Cohn, and aside from being dead, they didn't exactly have that wholesome quality a family hobby needs - although Sinatra might've brought a certain Rat Pack insouciance to model railroading. It would've been model railroading with martinis and Dino - although, now that I think about it, I HAVE seen photos of Linn Westcott in a bow tie.
Cohn, on the other hand, would have all of us who owned Russian Decapods hiding them under the couch.
Does anyone else know of any famous people who are modelers? Particularly younger ones?
SpaceMouse doesn't count, btw.