CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Vannier, head of radiology at UIHC, is Simon look-alike winner
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Michael Vannier, head of the radiology department
at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and professor in the UI
College of Medicine, is the winner in the Neil Simon look-alike contest,
sponsored by Iowa Summer Rep. Iowa Summer Rep is presenting a festival
of Simon's plays through July 27 in the UI Theatre Building.
Vannier's likeness was entered three times -- twice by work-mates in
radiology and once anonymously. But Vannier says although his resemblance
to America's most popular playwright obviously occurred to several acquaintances,
he has never been mistaken for Simon. "You'll have to ask Mr. Simon
if anyone has confused him with me," Vannier said.
Although at nearly 70 years of age, Simon is old enough to be his father,
Vannier acknowledges that the two have much in common. "The parallels
between the two of us are striking," Vannier said. "We're both
handsome, suave, debonair and clever. And modest! "
As winner of the contest, Vannier received two tickets to Iowa Summer
Rep and a copy of Simon's book "Rewrites: A Memoir."
Judging was done by the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, the
major corporate sponsor of Iowa Summer Rep.