Meet `the bizzaro Jerry’ |

Meet `the bizzaro Jerry’

Stewart Oksenhorn

When the “Seinfeld” show went on the air, and eventually becamea singular hit in the easrly ’90s, Aspenite David Hermele’s lifetook a turn. Hermele is not an enormous fan of the show, although he has beenknown to enjoy an episode now and again. Instead, Hermele is,to put it in Seinfeldese, “the bizarro Jerry.” The 10-year valley resident, who works in the not-so-funny fieldof network engineering, bears such a striking resemblance to thecomedian that his life hasn’t been the same since the show struckgold.”I think it’s changed my life in a lot of ways,” said Hermele.”Everywhere, people are always doing double takes and lookingat me. It definitely makes life more interesting.”Life started getting more interesting for Hermele, a New Jerseynative, when the show that is famously “about nothing,” begangetting popular some seven years ago. “At first, I didn’t understand,” said Hermele. “I had no ideawho he was. But after the 100th person came up to me, it startedto dawn on me.”Things should get really interesting this weekend. The real JerrySeinfeld will be in town for the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. Seinfeldand “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David are scheduled to receivethe AFT Star Award in an event at the Wheeler Opera House tomorrowat 9 p.m.”People were always telling me where they saw him, and they wantme to go over and get my picture taken with him,” said Hermeleof the occasions Seinfeld has visited Aspen. “I’ll get a lot ofthat with him in town.”At this point, Hermele doesn’t need much convincing about theresemblance he bears to the comic. “I can’t ignore the resemblancenow,” he said. “Hundreds of people can’t be wrong.”

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