(The following is an excerpt from my book, Prelude to a Super Airplane. It can be purchased by clicking on any of the roughly 400 banners adorning this site, or by clicking here. It’s also available on Amazon.
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Jennifer Cormier was born into fitness model royalty.
Her father was the famous fitness model, Julian Cormier, and her mother was the even more famous fitness model, Jennifer Cormier, Sr. That her parents shared a last name was pure coincidence, but caused there to be no shortage of jabber in the fitness model gossip newspapers when they married.
Jennifer’s younger brother, Julian Jr., was also a fitness model. He was practically a clone of their father, and the jabber in the online internet fitness model gossip blogs was that he actually was a clone of their father. The distribution conduit had changed, but Jennifer’s parents always laughed that the industry hadn’t: fitness models loved their gossip.
Current jabber also focused on Jennifer, because rumors were rampant that Jennifer Cormier was working outside the fitness modeling industry under the alias of Jewel Dopplepop, the lead singer of the children’s pop/rock trio, The Boppin’ Dopplepops.
The Boppin’ Dopplepops were the biggest thing to hit children’s entertainment in at least nine months, and tonight, in a sold-out arena in her hometown of The New York City, Jennifer Cormier, aka Jewel Dopplepop, was thinking about the mess of lies her life had become.
That she was able to do this while singing the Boppin’ Dopplepops’ biggest hit, “Doople Dopple Down to the Zoo,” was nothing short of a miracle. Of course, Jennifer had sung this song, by her rough estimation, somewhere just north of seven hundred times this month alone.
It wasn’t just the heat from the fitness model gossip blogs that was distracting Jennifer Cormier tonight, though. She was becoming used to the gossip blogs running their side-by-side photos, meticulously comparing the toned, athletic, and eerily similar bodies of Jennifer Cormier and Jewel Dopplepop.
Why, just before going on stage with the Boppin’ Dopplepops’ opening number, “Who Popped the Dopplepops? (The Happy Song)”, a young reporter by the name of Eastham Way had drilled her with more pointed questions regarding the controversy than she’d ever encountered.
Eastham Way, she learned, was working freelance for one of the bigger online internet fitness model gossip blogs, and Jennifer Cormier knew her combination of an all-too-calm “no comment” and a paranoid “where’d you hear that, don’t say that out loud” responses would ignite a fresh week of speculation and jabber.
Of course, Jennifer Cormier was able to compartmentalize the thoughts of her dual lives, because in this moment, all she could think about was the irresistible young actor/writer with whom she’d fallen deeply in love on a recent airplane ride.
Jennifer Cormier sensed that he, like herself, was singularly unique, and that he, also like she, was struggling to come to terms with his power and status as a superior human being.
After all, Jennifer Cormier, who as Jewel Dopplepop was one of the most famous people in the world among 2-7 year old children, was also a fitness model of some note.
Who was she to have a clouded mind regarding her true worth and value to the world? Wasn’t she a force of nature? Isn’t this what Johnny Joe Dopplepop, the lead guitarist of the Boppin’ Dopplepops, told her all the time?
Knowing of this controversy, confusion, and self-torment would disgust Jennifer Cormier’s poor mother and father and (allegedly) cloned brother, were they to find out these things.
What a silly girl she was – with her secret airplane love affair with a Hollywood actor/writer, and her dual life as children’s pop/rock star Jewel Dopplepop!
Oh! But what the jabber in the fitness model gossip blogs would be if they could verify their suspicions with viable evidence of some kind!
Brad Radby’s Foreward, Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8, Chapter 9, Chapter 10, Chapter 11, Chapter 12, Chapter 13, Chapter 14, Chapter 15, Chapter 16, Chapter 17, Chapter 18, Chapter 19, Chapter 20, Chapter 31