Friday, February 29, 2008

Jarvik's Married to a Genius!

A commenter to my previous post ("Dear Doctor Jarvik: Are You G**?") pointed out that Jarvik is married to Marilyn vos Savant (shown below on her non-exercise bike). She's a keeper and not an IDIOT SAVANT!

I don't know if this proves if Jarvik is gay or not, but he's risen a notch higher on my esteem-o-meter!

I found the following information about Marilyn over at (she and BOTH her children work at Jarvik Heart; interesting that Jarvik was also able to get his son to appear in a Lipitor commercial):
Marilyn vos Savant is a national columnist and author. She is an executive at Jarvik Heart, Inc., which manufactures artificial hearts for permanent and temporary use in the treatment of heart failure. The company can be visited at

Marilyn was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for five years under "Highest IQ" for both childhood and adult scores. She has since been inducted into the *Guinness Hall of Fame*. Marilyn was named by Toastmasters International as the #1 most popular communicator/speaker in the educational and social category.

She was named one of fifty “Women of the New Millennium” by the White House Vital Voices: Women in Democracy campaign. She was a winner of a “Women Making History” award from the National Women’s History Museum. Marilyn is the recipient of honorary Doctorates of Letters.

Since 1986, Marilyn has been writing the "Ask Marilyn" question-and-answer column for Parade, the Sunday magazine distributed by 379 newspapers, with a circulation of 34 million and a readership of 79 million, the largest periodical in the world. Questions from readers range from philosophical to mathematical to "just plain nuts," as Marilyn puts it. Her most recent books are Growing Up: A Classic American Childhood and The Art of Spelling, both published by W.W. Norton.

Marilyn was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Mary vos Savant and Joseph Mach. She was the granddaughter of Mary Savant and Joseph vos Savant, and of Anna Moravec and Anton Mach.

Marilyn is married to Robert Jarvik MD, the inventor of the Jarvik 7 and Jarvik 2000 artificial hearts. They have two children, Mary and Dennis, both of whom also work at Jarvik Heart. All reside in Manhattan within a few blocks of each other, along with Mary's husband David and their two young daughters Valerie and Michelle.

Note an interesting factoid about vos Savant: she works for Parade magazine, which makes lots of dough from DTC advertising. Parade also famously sponsors DTC Perspectives annual DTC awards! Small world!

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