the LIST

Do I know you? One man's attempt at a lifelong head count. 

NOTE: If you think I might have a photo of you—most likely at least one great photo of you—don't be afraid to ask me to post it (13bob13@gmail.com) along with a brief entry about how I know you. And if I've met or known you but don't have any photo evidence, feel free to send along YOUR favorite photo of you. (I'm fascinated by what that slideshow might look like.)

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71. mike kettle

  New York City, NY. Allison & Mike. Midtown Manhattan. February 2015

New York City, NY. Allison & Mike. Midtown Manhattan. February 2015

You think you know a guy. Well, it's not like I know Mike real well. But I've been to his house. He used to hang out with the great Sly Mee, my old friend from high school, and he's married to Sister Jeni's best friend Allison. And I knew he'd built a successful business from scratch—although I didn't realize his little La Verne pool cleaning biz had grown into a high-end pool building powerhouse for the likes of Ben Affleck. (Mike and Allison even got the invite to Ben & Jen's 1st pool party, where their little girls hit it off.) What I didn't know was that Mike is also the son of a former minor league pitcher, Jerry Kettle, who wrote this book about his life playing baseball. And Mike's grandpa was also a player—a legendary baseball clown and occasional actor, too. Broadway Billy Schuster—also known as "Buffalo Bill" and "Schuster the Rooster"—was a self-described "futility infielder" who was a Pacific Coast League Hall of Famer for the Los Angeles Angels in the '40s and a member of the last Chicago Cubs team to play in the World Series back in 1945. How strange that at a restaurant in midtown Manhattan, clear across the country from our hometown in SoCal, I find out this pool building badass friend of my sister has a direct link to the last Cubs team in the World Series. Who knew?!