27 July 2008

On the Bus

Filed under: Reflections — ktismatics @ 9:24 am

Riding the bus from Denver International back to Boulder, I noticed that the young fellow sitting across the aisle from me was so ruddy of face, so florid, that I thought maybe he’d been in a fire. His hair was pale nearly to the point of transparency, so I figured he’s probably just one of those very fair-complected, nearly albinic people who can’t tolerate sun in even the smallest doses. I gave this guy a pretty good once-over because he kept looking up from his scholarly-looking hardback book in order to glance at me. Finally I caught his eye and smiled, inviting him to explain his evident interest in me. “You look just like Robert Fripp,” he said. Really? “You know Robert Fripp?” Yes. “I mean, you know who he is?” Yeah, sure. “And no one has ever told you you look like him?” No, can’t say as they have, although after all I am a twenty-first century schizoid man. “I know the song,” the red-faced fellow replied, “but mostly I’ve come to know his newer stuff, since about 2000.” When at last the bus arrived at my stop I nodded amicably toward the musically-inclined scholar. “Check out Robert Fripp’s picture on the internet,” was his parting remark, and, disembarking, I promised to do so.

So here’s an image. I suppose I can see the resemblance, although Fripp is far older than I am.

By way of contrast, here’s a recent photo of me taken at the circus. I think you’ll agree that the differences are striking.



  1. So, you continue to hide your physical identity…..at the end of the first Batman movie, the point that is made is that Bruce Wayne no longer exists. Batman is the “real” person and Bruce Wayne is now the mask……Is Ktismatics the artificial personality? Or has “John Doyle” become the mask?


    Comment by Erdman — 27 July 2008 @ 8:10 pm

  2. Thank you for your interest in my brother Robert Fripp.

    You may be interested in Robert speaking events and spoken word CDs.

    To see what he looks like now…and us as kids…check these links…

    Robert Fripp speaking events in Seattle, LA, and Phoenix in November of 2008.


    Robert Fripp CDs of his speaking events.

    They are brilliant, funny and poignant.


    Patricia Fripp


    Comment by Patricia Fripp — 28 July 2008 @ 4:01 pm

  3. I had no idea. I understand that Robert Fripp spent some time learning the fourth way — maybe that’s what forms the foundation for his talks.


    Comment by ktismatics — 28 July 2008 @ 8:48 pm

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