On The Founding Of Jason Nation

August 15th, 2011 | Jason Nation
April by

Allow me to introduce myself.  I am April, forty-something chocolate lover, basketball enthusiast, strictly amateur forensic scientist and, last but certainly not least, fan of actor Jason O’Mara.  About five years ago, my fondness for legal dramas led me to “In Justice”, in which Jason played former police detective Charles Conti.  That was the beginning of my appreciation for Jason’s immense talents.  Fast forward to 2011, when I joined Jason’s Facebook fan page, and was asked, along with 900 or so of Jason’s most faithful supporters, to select a name for the forthcoming community section of his official website.

Jason’s Facebook fans are a lively group, and the initial suggestions were quite clever:  O’Maranauts–a nod to Jason and his Argonauts of Greek mythological lore—Jason’s Junkies and The O’Mara Minion.  One name that gathered some support was O’Marians, until one of Jason’s more scholarly fans, an English literature teacher, pointed out that O’Marians “might suggest that we are uber-excited worshippers of the Virgin Mary, re the medieval movement ‘Marianism’.”  Another fan was a bit more blunt, saying that O’Marians sounded like the name of a convent.  It should be pointed out, however, that the predominantly female fans of Jason’s Facebook page have been known to study Photoshopped images of their commander-in-chief, and to debate whether their fearless leader’s abdominal muscles look sufficiently six packed.  This group probably won’t be mistaken for a convent anytime soon.

At that point, things went a bit downhill.  Ok, a lot downhill.  Enter a member of the small but vocal male contingent, who observed that O’Marian brings to mind a female reproductive organ.  This ultimately led to one of Jason’s more, shall we say, creative, fans suggesting that members of his website community should be known as O’Marian Cysts.  Presumably that one was a joke.  Hopefully.

Other suggestions included O’Mara United, LEANUNA (the Irish word for followers, courtesy of one of Jason’s Dubliner fans), Chasin’ Jason and The O’Mara Bunch (O’Marsha! O’Marsha! O’Marsha!).  One name that kept coming up, and seemed to really resonate with the fans, was Jason Nation.  The consensus was that Jason Nation was simple, yet powerful.  And it has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?  This one stuck.

And so, watch out world, Jason Nation has arrived!  We don’t yet have a national anthem.  (May I suggest the combined version of the Queen rock anthems “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”?)  Nor do we have a national flag, or a pledge of allegiance, but we’ll get to that.  What we do have are energy and enthusiasm, not to mention a healthy dose of humor!  We are a force to be reckoned with!  Vive la Jason Nation!



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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1143322267 Jodi Chick Slapcinsky


    • Anonymous

      Now that’s the spirit, Jodi!  Someone give this girl a fife and a drum!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patti-Ford/1343005958 Patti Ford

    Good job April! And I still think O’Marian Cysts had a somewhat truthful ring to it. But oh well…

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Patti. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1195420949 Laura Trovato Cozine

    Well done, April!!!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Laura.

  • Fabal2

    That was great April,   If you want to get started organizing Jason’s Holiday Camp next year, we need to back and reference the movie Tommy. 

  • Fabal2

    oops hit the send button to early  Anyway that was funny and informative–Jason’s words describe it perfectly.  You are pretty funny–don’t lose that sense of humor its great

    • Anonymous

      Thank you Frank. :)

  • Susan

    Nice April!
    Proud to be a member of Jason Nation!
    (Now who gets to be the President? LOL)

    • Anonymous

      Well of course Jason Nation is a monarchy with Jason as king! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1195420949 Laura Trovato Cozine

    First and foremost, Thank you for not forgetting Jason Nation peeps. Second, Do I foresee more challenges in the near future?  I’d suggest that your national anthem be called the Janational O’Maranthem. IDK….*shrugs shoulders* Although I LOVE LOVE LOVE Queen, when you get a chance, take a look at the lyrics to Journey’s ‘Faithfully’. OR…. You could do a 180 and go Country with Toby Keith’s ‘How Do You Like Me Now?’ I think I just used up my last brain cell for the evening.  My next assignment after the current one is completed will be to plan a sic vacation. Your fb page is my escape from work for a while….Thanks for being so cool!

  • Joseph

    Hi all! New to Jason Nation, I discovered “Life on Mars” on Netflix right before this semester started and became completly addicted. I just wanted to stop by and say “Hi Jason!” and “Yes, I got the TV Guide and I will treasure it always”. My big question is why isn’t the Terra Nova bus coming to see me in Colorado?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1143322267 Jodi Chick Slapcinsky

    I’m looking forward to reading the next Jason Nation Blog!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joanneao Joanne Ackles Ortiz

    I for one, am HAPPY to be part of Jason Nation, hehe…Looking forward to meeting each and every member, even if it’s here through cyberspace, hehehe….Thanks for all the warm welcoming I’ve received at Jason’s FB page…you guys ROCK! :)

  • http://twitter.com/awake7hells Jen Joe’s Cupcake

    He’s adorable… and I think, “Jason Nation” is the most cool name for his fans:)

    we need a flag, immediatly)