The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Saturday, August 08, 2009

IMDb and Macaulay Culkin.

Today, I noted something quite sad, on IMDb, the Internet Movie Database. On their front page, at they are mourning John Hughes, the maker of films about teenage life. Now, he wasn't so old, at 59, so his passing is quite sad...but that isn't what I thought sad about their front page. Something else is.

John Hughes made the film "Home Alone", with Macaulay Culkin. It was his greatest hit. So, naturally IMDb have referred to Macaulay Culkin on their front page. However, unconsciously, they have shown very clearly that things are not what they once were, for Macaulay Culkin. You see, IMDb, the most important source of film and tv information on Earth...doesn't know how to SPELL Macaulay Culkin. They have spelt his name, at the time of writing (for they might correct it when I blog post this), Macauley Culkin...that is right: MacaulEy Culkin.

This should be a sobering moment for Mr. Culkin, for it shows that not even the staff of IMDb, who spend their lives immersed in all things filmic, remember him as once he was known. They don't even know how to spell his name anymore.

In a way, this is odd. It is odd because we still know how to spell such antique names as Greta Garbo...yet, Macaulay Culkin is being forgotten even by the people whose very job and existence require them to remember.

I checked up on Mr. Culkin, and noted that he has begun to work again...though only in low profile TV shows. It seems that this is not enough to revive his memory in the minds of those who should know him best (apart from his family and friends). It is known that he has been attempting to build an adult acting career for many years, but with relatively modest impact. So, it seems clear that he would rather be famous, than forgotten (otherwise why is he seeking to revive his acting career?)

It just goes to show that, no matter how much a star a child becomes, that can all be forgotten once they transition to adulthood. They even forget how to spell their names!

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posted by Valentine Cawley @ 12:21 PM 


Blogger The Kid In The Front Row said...

Culkin is doing alright. He's a good actor, involved in some independent films; sure -- he's not the 'star' he was, but then who cares. He's come out okay, he isn't in rehab or addicted to heroin.

5:37 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Yes. It could be least his life hasn't fallen apart, as it does with quite a few child stars once they grew up.

Thanks for your comment.

10:51 AM  

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