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The Family vs THE FAMILY - a creepy coincidence.
With all the C-Street controversy in Washington in 2009 I'd be shocked if I'm the only person who made this connection. (*UPDATED 1 year and 8 days later)
From Wikipedia (as of 2011-10-23):
"The Fellowship, also known as the Family, is a U.S.-based religious and political organization founded in 1935 by Abraham Vereide. The stated prpose of the Fellowship is to provide a fellowship forum for decision makers to share in Bible studies, prayer meetings, worship experiences and to experience spiritual affirmation and support.
In 2009, the Fellowship received media attention in connection with three Republicans politician members who reportedly engaged in extra-marital affairs. Two of them, Senator John Ensign ... and South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford ... were considering running for President in 2012. ... Each of the three voted to impeach Bill Clinton for trying to cover up his affair with Monica Lewinsky."
Forgive me if it sounds like I'm trying to make a point about these two people or the GOP, just including this to point out why I'd even heard of them and why the organization is even noteworthy, and one other reason I'll explain in a second.
In spite of the organization's existence LONG before Fallout "1" was even created (1935), I'm pretty sure the real "The Family" in Washington and The Family in Maresti Station are a total coincidence. However I really can't help but feel like they ought to be mentioned, if only as a very interesting coincidence. It's an extra creepy coincidence because the controversey happened the year following Fallout 3's release, much like Harkness and Doctor Who's Captain Jack Harkness (neither of whom can die).