We have an old stoner uncle who also used to play in a “prog rock” band back in the hazy Kodachrome 1970s, so we’re not sure how unique this might be, but potential GOP presidential candidate and Obama appointee Jon Huntsman used to be in a nerd wizards-and-witchcraft band, where he played the nerdiest instrument:

In the late 1970s, Huntsman lost an election for senior class president and took it hard. He dropped out of high school, grew his hair long, and joined a rock band called Wizard.

He never got his high school diploma, and the band never got famous. He later said he thought of himself as a loser.

Well …

According to Internet-based music magazine Wikipedia, “The term was initially applied to the music of bands such as Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Yes, Genesis, Jethro Tull, Soft Machine, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, reaching its peak of popularity in the mid 1970s.” So, Jon Huntsman was late to that game, too. [NPR]

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