|Gus Van Sant, not Tim. Cool picture though, eh?|
I felt like asking Tim VanSant some dumbass questions.
Q: Are you Gus Van Sant's brother? And was Steve Van Zandt your other brother only he was the black sheep of the family so all you other Van Sants ganged up on him and made him change his spelling?
A: Short answers: no and no. And you didn't ask, but here are a few other people I'm also not closely related to: Townes Van Zandt [singer/songwriter], Ronnie, Donnie, and Johnny Van Zant [brothers and musicians, most notably with Lynyrd Skynyrd and .38 Special], Peter Van Sant [television news reporter], and Tom Van Sant [artist]. God, now I feel like such a loser.
Here's a bit of trivia though. Gus Van Sant and I were born in the same city and on the same day, but not the same year. Here's another bit of trivia. The original [Dutch] spelling of my last name is Van Zandt. So if there were any black sheep forced to change the spelling, they would have been one of my ancestors, not Steve's. The black sheep idea is a lot more interesting than what probably really happened; the name changed due to Americanization and illiteracy. There are more than a dozen variations that all trace back to a few original Van Zandt families.
It just occurred to me, I'm a bit of a black sheep in my family [okay, more of a dingy off-white or slightly grey, but I got street cred] and I always write my last name as VanSant instead of Van Sant. Yeah. That's right. I'm bad. So maybe your theory is right after all.
On the Interweb: www.timvansant.com
On the Blog: www.timvansant.com/otoh
On the Twitter: www.twitter.com/timvansant
On the Facebook: www.facebook.com/tim.vansant.writes
On the Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/timvansantwrites
On Dasher, on Dancer, on Donner, on Blitzen....
|The Van Zandts of Lynyrd Skynyrd. None of them are Tim.|
|Steve Van Zandt from Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band |
as well as Silvio from The Sopranos.
Also not Tim.