A Funny Thing Happened

Scott Brown's road to the U.S. Senate included a college appearance on stage in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." But that's not the most amusing revelation in a spread in Sunday's New York Times Magazine! For example, he wore pink leather short pants on his first date with Gail Huff.
The pinkish color drained from his face when I asked him about it during a conversation in his campaign office just before we took off in the truck. He clarified that the shorts weren’t something that he went out and purchased — it wasn’t like that at all. “I did the couture shows, and instead of paying in cash, they paid in clothes,” he said. “And one of the things I had to wear were leather shorts. And these happened to be pink.”
This could be worse than the Cosmo spread.
The shorts went with his tan at the time and a pair of white shoes that he owned, so he gave them a whirl. “Gail comes out and she’s like, ‘Those are pink shorts.’ I said: ‘Yeah, you like them? They’re great. Comfortable. Feel this leather.’ ” With this last phrase, he slowly stroked the side of one of his thighs, apparently miming the gesture he made in front of her.
Bob Hedlund's quirky sense of humor makes the feature as a way to provide context to Scott's occasional quirkiness.
A few of his friends and political allies lack filters themselves. Robert Hedlund, a colleague in the State Senate, expressed regret that Brown is married and doesn’t go out to bars much, because, he joked, “he’d certainly make a pretty good wingman these days. You could follow him for just an hour and probably fill up several black books. No! No! I didn’t say that! My girlfriend will string me up for that!”
There was Scott's decision to transfer his modeling career to Boston after a couple of years in New York.
When he transferred to Boston College Law School, he was represented by one of Boston’s top modeling agents, Maggie Trichon, who says their partnership began unusually: Brown strode through her door, told her he was in a rush, dropped off his portfolio and announced, “I’m with you now, I’ll call you later.” “Never happened to me in all the years I’ve been doing this,” Trichon says. “There was no question in Scott’s mind. He’s very sure of himself.”
There's more of his "my daughers are available" style sense of humor...
He has a particular vanity and sense of humor, though. “Say I had a friend’s birthday and didn’t know what to give her,” Ayla recalls, referring to her early teens. “He’d say, ‘Well, I have some old Cosmo posters in the basement.’ ” She adds that he was mostly joking, as he is when it’s his turn for grace at the dinner table. “He’ll say, ‘Dear God, thank you for letting me win my race today.’ We’ll be like, ‘Dad, you can’t thank God for that!’ And he’ll say: ‘What? God’s listening. God likes what I have to say.’ ”
And there's his acting career, in a Tufts production, by the way, that was directed by my younger brother Doug, and in which Doug reminds me I had a part as well.
He mentioned his love of the musical theater and volunteered that at Tufts he found enough time away from basketball to play Hero in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” offering: “I love to sing.” He said he took a broad range of courses at Tufts and “enjoyed Yiddish literature.”
Doug, who is a video producer, gave me critiques on Scott's TV commercials during the campaign. "He still does the same things I couldn't get him to stop doing in college," Doug complained. Good thing.