Monday, June 22, 2009

"He's Conservative, He's Confident and..."

He's Not Related To Me:

Jonathan Krohn — author, columnist, conservative pundit — has perfected the short guy’s handshake.

It goes like this: Big smile. Arm extended. Elbow crooked. Palm facing downward. One has no choice but to assume his altitude to grasp his hand. And then he’s got you — eye to eye.

This, of course, may change. Unlike the other talking heads with whom he shared the spotlight at the February meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference, Krohn has not yet had his growth spurt.

“Forgive me for making you wait,” the 14-year-old says, snapping shut his mom’s cellphone with his free hand. “I was just talking to my literary agent. We’re working on the second edition of my book. It will be in stores nationwide early next year … expanded, but with the same principles and ideas.”

Jonathan Krohn has been nonstop in the media spotlight since he wrangled a spot on a panel at the CPAC meeting in Washington, D.C. — an event that attracted nearly 9,000 people. Krohn was so mediagenic, so articulate, so forensically persuasive, that event organizers knew they had a live one on their hands. Krohn, then 13, delivered a three-minute speech outlining his principles of conservatism that electrified the gathering. It wasn’t long before Fox News and other media outlets came calling.
Funny, but at 13 I can't remember caring about much beyond girls, baseball, and uh, girls and baseball. The only crowd I "electrified" was on the All-Star team that summer, behind the plate. Times, how they change.

But I've had several people email me asking if I've heard of him (yes), is he "mine" (LOL), and whether I'm related to him (not that I'm aware of). I don't recognize his parents, either.
Krohn is the only child of Doug and Marla Krohn — a computer system engineer and sales representative, respectively.
More power to them. Jonathan is the first Krohn to get his own Wikipedia page (damn you), and the first one to make it in big media (better this way than a mugshot). Maybe one day he can share his literary agent with a "long, lost uncle."

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