He seemed familiar besides the whole "he's on tv thing" and I finally placed it. He was reminding me of the first boy I ever officially "went steady" with back when I was in 10th grade, R.
This is what R. looked like when I dated him (crappy quality because I took a picture of a picture instead of dragging out the scanner):
Yeah, some resemblance. Skinny, dark messy hair, kinda geeky.
But what R. looks like today? I know there are some of you out there who I've mentioned this to. For many years it was an abstract thing that I had briefly heard about in the news but didn't really have any confirmation on.
Thanks to the wonders of the interwebs though, I did a Google search a while back for his full name and I got one hit. Yes, only one. Because someone who has been in prison since 1990 really doesn't have a web presence other than the Minnesota Department of Corrections offender locator page.
Here he is boys & girls, my first official boyfriend:
I'm not sure how old the picture is. He went to prison when he was 21 and he is 38 now.
It's a very surreal thing for me to think about...