Is this the real Rod Stewart?
Above: The real Rod, or an impersonator?
My sister Kristin recently traveled to New Orleans with students from a January-term travel-writing class she’s teaching at Bethany College (where she’s an associate English professor). While in a Pirate’s Alley bar in the heart of the French Quarter, Kristin and her students met a well-dressed man who looked like Rod Stewart, acted like Rod Sewart, and — when asked — claimed to be Rod Stewart. The attractive girlfriend of the man who seemed to be Rod Stewart took the above photo of Kristin and her students posing with the presumed pop icon, and a bigger version of the picture is available here.
Two weeks later, however, the students are still debating whether or not the man in the photo is the real Rod Stewart. Personally, I don’t think the man in the picture looks like the Rod Stewart I’ve seen on TV — and, believe it or not, plenty of Rod Stewart impersonators abound. Still, the students report that the man in question was convincingly Rod Stewart-ish at the time.