One Degree of Separation: The Talking Heads and HOK


Lately, on the drive to preschool, I’ve been subjecting the Coolest Girl in the World to the Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense on the car stereo. I still remember being blown away by Jonathan Demme’s concert film of the same name. She tells me to turn it up and I think, 25 years later, it sounds better than ever. But I still wonder: Why the big suit?

I recently learned that Talking Heads co-founder and bassist Tina Weymouth (watch her shine here) is the sister of Yann Weymouth, a design director in HOK in Florida who worked on the Louvre in Paris and the East Wing of the National Gallery under I.M. Pei. His impressive HOK design portfolio includes the Frost Art Museum in Miami and the new Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. Yann’s daughter, Katharine Weymouth, is the publisher of the Washington Post. His father is a retired U.S. Navy vice admiral. So much success and talent in one family…does that make sense?

Yesterday Jason Kottke was musing on sports interview cliches and how people get really good at something. What do you think: Is genius born or made?

  1. May 5th, 2009 - 11:43 am
    stephanie.spann said:

    Oooh, I was just listening to some Talking Heads this morning! I’m going to be bragging about this connection!

  2. May 6th, 2009 - 7:10 am
    Julie Hick said:

    no way! that’s pretty cool.

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