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CC Registrar Weir delivers ‘Karnak’ routine

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 at 12:22 pm in Contra Costa County.

Contra Costa County Registrar of Voters Steve Weir put on his famous (infamous?) Karnak hat this morning at a joint conference of the Contra Costa chambers of commerce at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Concord.

Carson used to bring down the house with his routine, where he first gave the audience the answer and then ripped open an envelope to produce the question. Does Weir match up? Watch and decide for yourself.

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  • Arne Simonsen

    Ya gotta love Steve Weir! But I think we need to give him some better Arabic insults to use next time.

  • Tomi

    Gotta love Steve Weir!

  • Ralph Hoffmann, Guest Columnist

    You’re too modest Lisa. You should have had Steve YouTube your performance as Co-Host. What does Vorderbrueggen realy mean in Danish?

  • DavidB

    My German is a bit rusty, but I think that in that language ‘Vor der brueggen’ means ‘from Brüggen’ (a city outside of Düsseldorf).

    Lisa, pls tell the etymology as it is a fabulous sur name!

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    DavidB, you are right, it is German. It means “Before the Bridge.” It was particularly appropriate when I was the transportation reporter and covering the construction of the new Bay Bridge.

    I married into the name although I do have some German in my heritage on my mother’s side. On my father’s side, I am primarily English. My relatives came to this country on the Mayflower, or so my late aunt told me. She spent quit a lot of time researching the family tree, which includes a great-great-and-more-greats grandfather who fought in the Civil War for the north only to be shot in a duel in San Francisco. She also told me that I am a seventh cousin to the late Princess Diana and I am related to Lady Godiva, the woman who rode nude on horseback through an English village.

    Now, that was way more than you asked but …

    lisa v.

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