Jerry, Stalin, statistics and families

Posted by on Aug 28, 2008 in Uncategorized | One Comment

On Alex's suggestion, I've just watched the Jerry Springer episode of the BBC geneology Series Who Do You Think You Are?\

Well worth a look if you can, touching but not sentimental. And as befits the man, a gloriously rich and epic tale.

It also shows a more human side to TV's Mr Cynical. The reality of another person's death works on all of us very differently from the statistical fact of the same – just as Stalin is supposed to have observed – because it's people and not stuff that we're wired for.

So who does Jerry now think he is?


"I'm a link in the chain of an old wonderful family. I'm blessed"

"A link in the chain" not an individual. Just like a good social animal does…

1 Comment

  1. Chris Forrest
    September 8, 2008

    Mark, Glad you liked the Jerry Springer programme. My sister, Sue Hills directed it. Jerry encouraged her to set up a company doing the ‘who do you think you are’ treatment for wealty private individuals and here it is:
    I also loved Boris Johnson’s comment at the end of his programme that ‘we are just carriers for our genes, we don’t know where they’ve been and we don’t know where they are going and at the end of the day it’s all rather wonderfully democratic.’