by: John Robinson
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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not and Who Cares?

At our exciting October Neighborhood Association meeting, 15 folks agreed to participate in what can only be described as a statistically meaningless and silly celebrity survey.   Each participant was given a list of 20 names – names that should have been recognizable to anyone exposed to any form of popular media over the past 30 days.  The participants were asked to rate each name in one of three ways; 1) like and admire, 2) don’t like or admire, and 3) no opinion one way or the other.

Heading the list as the celebrity most liked and admired was Andy Rooney with 10 votes.  Barbara Streisand and George Clooney were close behind with 9 votes each, followed by Barack Obama and Michael Moore at 8 votes each.  Things looked pretty good for Gary Leitzell who gained 5 votes to Rhine McLin’s 2.

Rush Limbaugh, George W. Bush and Jon Gosselin led the pack in the “don’t like or admire” category with 8 votes each.  Kate Gosselin didn’t do much better than husband Jon as she and Michael Jackson both earned 7 votes, followed closely by Sarah Palin and Rhine McLin with 6 votes each.  Only one voter didn’t care much for Gary Leitzell.

14 people had no opinion about celebrity Sarah Breslin, which goes to prove what an astute bunch our neighbors are.  Why?  Because, just for fun, I made up that name.  One voter, apparently not wishing to offend anyone, liked and admired her anyway.  Gary Leitzell still has some work to do with 9 voters having no opinion about him.  Rhine McLin, Jay Leno and Angelina Jolie are next with 6 votes each.  Angelina Jolie?  No opinion?  Are you kidding me?

To be perfectly fair and so as not to force participants to select only from my list of 20 names, they were given the opportunity to write in their own choices for most amd least admired.  Pope Benedict got the most votes for most admired with 4, followed by Billy Graham and God with one vote each.  Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, Bill O’Reilly, Joe Biden and Brad Pitt received honorable mention with one vote each in the “don’t like or admire ” category.

I told you the whole thing was statistically meaningless and silly.

4 Responses to “Tales of Huffman V”

  1. Danielle Dumont Says:

    John, your surveys are fun. I missed taking this survey at the neighborhood meeting because I’m taking a class at UD on Monday nights. But, to the list of minor Dayton celebrities (mayoral candidates Leitzell and McLin), my write-in choice is Nan Whaley. This Dayton “celebrity” used to live in our neighborhood, and she’s running for re-election to city commission. I encourage voters to learn more about her.

  2. Joel Michael Says:

    Is it me or are these surveys gradually becoming more bizarre? Oh, I fear what we’ll learn of ourselves. ;-)

  3. John Robinson Says:

    You’re the boss – if you like, I can stop writing for the blog.

  4. Joel Michael Says:

    Are you kidding? I love the bizarre! Write more. It’s nearly Halloween.

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