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My friend, the superhero... - Zer Netmouse
July 15th, 2006
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My friend, the superhero...
There's a new reality show, Who Wants to Be a Superhero? and one of my college friends is in it. Matt Atherton was a year ahead of me at Grinnell. His "personal highlights" on our alumni directory reads:

At Grinnell, I was known to many students as Spider-Man. After Grinnell, I was a Spider-Man for Marvel Entertainment. Now, I'm trying to be a real super hero by being actively involved in the community and by being a good husband.


He's not kidding, either, about the "at Grinnell" part. He made himself an awesome Spidey costume and would come to meals in character on occasion (at some of those times, he might be attacked by scorpion, or a gorilla), scale buildings at student orientation, and Bill helped with the computerized credits for the short film Matt made where he rented a crane to swing him around downtown Grinnell for true Spider-man action.

And now, he's getting another chance at being a different kind of superhero: Feedback.

Matt was a fellow User Consultant while at Grinnell, and one the the programmer types. (User Consultants staffed the computer labs and helped with computer problems. Those of us who worked in the mathlan also assisted Math and Computer Science students). He was going to teach me how to do backflips, but then he busted up his leg jumping off a roof for a spider-man special effect (missed the matts on the ground). I'm glad he's recovered from that injury and I wish him the best of luck in this latest super adventure.

And if anyone gets the SciFi channel, um, can we talk? I'd like to see Matt on this show...

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From:tammylc
Date:July 16th, 2006 12:00 am (UTC)
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We could set it up to tape on our Replay for you.
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From:netmouse
Date:July 16th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
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Really? Really Really? 'Cause that would be, you know, awesome.
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From:tammylc
Date:July 16th, 2006 12:37 am (UTC)
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Really, really. But it would help if you'd remind me in a couple of days, because right now my programming guide for that far away hasn't been downloaded yet, so I can't set up the channel. But then after that, it will just tape all the new ones automatically, and you can either come over and watch, or we can burn them onto DVD for you.

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From:sorcycat
Date:August 5th, 2006 04:14 am (UTC)
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This show is surprisingly good. I have the first two eps on my TiVo and another scheduled to record.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 11th, 2006 06:27 am (UTC)

I love Feedback!

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I'm rooting for Feedback; I loved Monkey Woman also, but now that she's gone it's Feedback all the way. :)
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From:jenny_evergreen
Date:August 18th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC)
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I'm glad to hear that; seeing his acting credits, I worried that he wasn't as sincere as I'd hoped.
(Found you googling for him.)
I hope you successfully got hold of the eps!
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From:netmouse
Date:August 18th, 2006 03:15 am (UTC)
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Hey! yeah, Matt's a sincere one, and a sincerely good guy.

I hope you successfully got hold of the eps!

not yet, but I have a friend at work who has them on her Tivo so I'm hoping to see them soon!
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From:jenny_evergreen
Date:August 18th, 2006 12:33 pm (UTC)
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Glad to hear it!
If the friend falls through, I'm sure they'll come out on DVD in good time. :)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 25th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
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according to the sci fi channel the show will be coming out on dvd soon!!!
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