The ThinkTank Panel (of One) proudly presents the 30 Most influential People of the last 30 years. These are the people who have shaped and molded the ThinkTank Panel (of One) into what it is today; Arrogant, Neurotic, Ostensibly Ostentatious, and Prohibitively Expensive. Today we look at #29:Stephen Q. Urkle
Stephen Q. Urkle
Steve Urkle was the quintessential nerd. Yet through sheer force of personality ( and eventually the help of the cool gene transformation chamber) he became so much more. Originally conceived as a plot device for a single episode of Family Matters, our neighborhood annoyance parlayed his bespecled and suspendered shtick , a la the Fonz, into TGIF superstar status. Above all Steve Urkle was true to himself. Steve was an individual through and through. When all others would have done “the Robot” at a roof top dance party, Steve did “the Urkel,” and it was a hit.
For some reason the ThinkTank Panel (of One) always related well to Steve’s ongoing unrequited love for Laura Winslow. And that explains why the ThinkTank Panel of (One is) is going to ignore the hypocracy of the the previous paragraph's gushing over “to thine own self be true” when the ThinkTank Panel of One now says that Steve Urkel's transformation into Ste'fon Ur-kel was the sentinel moment of the ThinkTank Panel (of One)’s adolescence. The duality of personality gave the ThinkTank Panel( of One) hope for change, and highlighted the resilience and ingenuity that made the original Steve Urkel so endearing.