This story began a couple months ago when a friend introduced me to a young Eastern Arizona College student.
This is what the student said in a semi-awestruck voice: "Has anybody ever told you that you look just like Sean Connery?"
Until then, the only celebrity I had ever been accused of looking much like was Willie Nelson, a much less flattering comparison.
My friend who, incidentally, claims she has been told she looks like Meg Ryan, decided initially to humor me. She said her sister had told her the same thing that I looked like Sean Connery.
Then, wonder of wonders, a total stranger approached me one day at Wal-Mart and said, "Hey, has anybody ever told you that you look like Sean Connery?" Unfortunately, I was alone when this happened, but I swear it really did happen.
I was flying high.
It happened again the other day, when we were having breakfast with some friends, including one I hadn't seen in probably 20 years. He looked me over and suddenly said, "Jim, you look a lot like..."
There was a slight pause as he searched his memory for the celebrity he thought I resembled. Suddenly the name of the celebrity came to my old friend. His face lit up, and he blurted out, "... George Carlin."
With my ego considerably deflated, I decided to pursue the issue of celebrity lookalikes from a broader perspective.
So I solicited the assistance of my friend in compiling a list of relatively prominent Rimaroos who resemble somebody famous.
Squint your eyes and imagine seeing the following Rimaroos right at dusk with the dust blowing in your eyes.
Don't they kind of, sort of, if you let your imagination run stark-raving wild resemble the celebrities we have chosen to match them with.
Rim country doppelgangers
Dan Adams (retiree) Joe E. Brown
Debra Allen (nurse) Sissy Spacek
Bill Armstrong (rodeo boss) Slim Pickens
John Becker (pilot) Matt Damon
Sue Becker (musician) Barbara Mandrell
Dr. Charles Beier (dentist) Kevin Costner
Dr. Suzanne Bentz (physician) Natalie Merchant
Barbara Brewer (town councilperson) Janet Reno
Stan Brown (historian and columnist) Mickey Rooney
Dr. David Cluff (physician) Pee Wee Herman
Maria Cummings (preschool owner) Ali McGraw
Harlan Green (attorney) Stephen King
Charlie Hall (plumber) Mr. Magoo
Joe Harless (musician, festival director) Jerry Garcia
Don Harmon (artist) Kenny Rogers
Marilyn Heron (nurse practitioner) Bette Davis
Steve Johnson (builder) Alan Jackson
Elle LeBlanc (unemployed 4-year-old) young Shirley Temple
Jack Meacham (beautician) Jack Nicholson
Penny Navis-Schmidt (counselor) Jenny Jones
Michael Ottero (artist) Harrison Ford
John Patricia (Ace Hardware owner) Paul Reiser
Julie Don Peterson (beautician) Trisha Yearwood
Larry Peterson (fish hatchery manager) George Strait
Jill Ridley (landscape architect) Diane Keaton
Sue Allen Sands (realtor) Sally Jessie Raphael
Jim Spencer (town councilperson) Kevin Kline
Cory Thomas (bank manager) George Clooney
Dr. John Vandruff (physician) Robert Urich
Scottie Weeks (medical receptionist) Pamela Anderson
Dr. Chris Winterholler (dentist) Rick Schroder
Dr. Patrice Winterholler (dentist) Olivia Newton John
Priscilla Zuber (EAC-Payson dean) Mary Travers
On second thought, in the harsh light of day with eyes wide open, doesn't every one of these people bear a striking resemblance to George Carlin?