Friday, January 02, 2004
NEWS: "The 40-year-old Mr. Everett was raised in McLean, Va., with his sister Elizabeth, mother Nancy and father Hugh Everett III, a quantum physicist who in 1957 proposed a formal theory of parallel universes known as 'The Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics.' 'Everett's work has boggled minds inside and outside physics for more than four decades,' reported Scientific American in last month's issue.

Mr. Everett said his brilliant father wasn't communicative at home. When I asked him what the conversation was like around the breakfast table, he replied, 'There wasn't any.'

'Physicists and geniuses don't always make great family men. I lived with him for 18 years and I learned more about him from the Internet.'

Mr. Everett's family was a heartrending source of inspiration for his most notable work, the 1998 album 'Electro-Shock Blues' (DreamWorks), written after his sister committed suicide and his mother succumbed to lung cancer. Mr. Everett's father died in 1982.

From its opening track, 'Elizabeth on the Bathroom Floor,' 'Electro-Shock Blues' is a stark, compelling examination of their deaths and his agonizing recovery from the sudden loss of his family. Its coda, 'P.S. You Rock My World,' finds him looking forward with surprising optimism."

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