Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A Case of Mistaken Identity?

It was pointed out to me by someone on Facebook, I think his name was P. Weedon or something like that, that the person in the photo signing the autograph in the previous blog post couldn’t be Pastor Wilken, because “Todd’s hair is gray and shortish, not brown and longish. :)”

I responded “Umm..., yeah, I think he was trying to recreate his high school look or something.” I’ll have to admit that was just speculation on my part. After admiring the photo for a bit longer I responded to P. Weedon, “I took another look at the photo. I guess I was wrong. It must be the lighting. I think I recognize the lady that Todd is providing the autograph for, and I'm pretty sure her hair is actually gray and shortish as well. It must be either the lighting or the camera 'exposure' setting!”

I’m willing to entertain the idea that it could be a case of mistaken identity. I make note of the fact that Pastor Wilken in the comments section of the previous post states “Definitely not me in the picture.” Still, there’s that nagging thought in the back of my head that he could be using that time honored celebrity tactic of “deny, deny, deny,” more formally know as plausible deniability. That doesn't really make sense though - after all, what's the harm in giving out a simple autograph?

The best way to solve the mystery is to let the reader decide. Here is a photo of Pastor Wilken that I’m sure is actually him, since I took it (unlike the photo in the previous post, taken by Thomas Hawk). Note the uncanny resemblance to the photo in the previous post. There’s no hint of the “shortish” hair that P. Weedon alluded to. Note the curly locks playfully flirting with the back of the jacket collar. The only disparity that remains unresolved is the question of gray or brown hair. Could it be the camera exposure? What do you think?

All right, I’ll admit it. It isn’t really Pastor Wilken in the previous post's photo. But wait! Maybe it’s Jeff!


Anonymous said...

Jeff, Pastor Wilken--whomever. I still want to know what he's doing?

Johannes :)

Aaron said...

I doubt this is Pastor Wilken. If you take the original post as tongue-in-cheek, though, it really doesn't matter.

Clearly, Pastor Wilken would not be signing a body part!

If not for this post raising the question, I would have chuckled and went on with my day.

Scott Diekmann said...

No Aaron, it's not Pastor Wilken, nor is it a photo from the party. The guy in the photo doesn't look anything like Pastor Wilken, and as you point out, he wouldn't be signing a body part anyway. I'm just having a little fun. And, as the last line of the post states, it isn't really Pastor Wilken. Thanks for reading, even when I'm just goofing off.