Jim Matheson

Top Gun CEO

Oasys Water CEO Jim Matheson was a Navy F-14 and FA-18 pilot. He flew over 200 combat missions and served as a TOPGUN Instructor. Call sign: Fuzzy.

Chuck McDermott, 1983

A Lot of Energy

Cleantech investor Chuck McDermott of RockPort Capital Partners quit Yale for music. Chuck McDermott and Wheatstraw cut two albums praised by Rolling Stone, Billboard, and others.

Steve Kaufer, Harvard Fencing

En Garde, Traveler

TripAdvisor co-founder and CEO Steve Kaufer (front row center) was an All-American fencer in 1983 and captain of the Harvard fencing team.

Yuchon Lee

Counting Cards

General Catalyst EIR and former Unica CEO Yuchun Lee was a member of MIT's vaunted Blackjack Team, the subject of the movie "21."

Credit Paula Lerner 2007

Phillip Sharp Middle School

Sharp School

MIT Nobel Laureate and Biogen co-founder Phil Sharp has a middle school named after him in Pendleton County, Kentucky, where he grew up.

Paul Maeder

Heavyweight Investor in an Ultralight

Highland Capital Partners founding partner Paul Maeder likes to build his own ultralight aircraft. "My motto is don’t ever trust a plane someone else built."

Christina Lampe-Onnerud

Stardust Chorus

Boston-Power founder Christina Lampe-Onnerud founded and directs a MA-based all-women's singing group, The Stardust Show Chorus.

Mike Hawley and Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo and Me

EG conference impresario and former MIT Media Lab professor Michael Hawley tied for first place in the 2002 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition that recognizes the world’s top amateur pianists. This is him playing with Yo-Yo Ma.

Credit Asa Mathat

Diane Hessan, Sound Bytes

Can You Hear Me Now?

Communispace founder and chairman Diane Hessan (second from left) co-founded and performs with the a cappella group Sound Bytes.

Jeet Singh, The Singhs

Singin’ Singh

Art Technology Group and Redstar Ventures co-founder Jeet Singh is front man for his own rock group, The Singhs.

Credit Michael Justin Young, Stopdownfire

Mother-Daughter Talents

Mother-Daughter Talents

Cameron Russell, daughter of Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase and Roy Russell, is a major fashion model. Cameron's TED talk, "Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model," has more than 8.4 million views.

Credit Russell/Chase family

Linnea Russell

Scaling New Heights

Robin Chase's other daughter, Linnea, was a nationally ranked rock climber.

Credit Russell/Chase family

Bill Aulet, Colchecter Moels

Disciplined Hoops

Bill Aulet (foul line), managing director of the Martin Trust Center at MIT and author of Disciplined Entrepreneurship, played pro hoops with U.K.-based Colchester Moels in 1980-81.

Take That, Ted Turner

Take That, Ted Turner

Investor and startup mentor Alain Hanover owns the 1958 America’s Cup-winning 12-metre boat, Columbia (left). His crew beat Ted Turner's American Eagle (right) to win the Traditional Division of 12-metre America’s Cup boats 2012 North American Championship.

Credit Sally Anne Santos

Ric Fulop

High-Flying Farmer

Serial entrepreneur, blueberry farmer, and North Bridge Venture Partners partner Ric Fulop is an "avid pilot who has flown all sorts of flying machines.”

Credit Ric Fulop

Douglas Fambrough

Drugs and Drivin'

Dicerna Pharmaceuticals CEO Doug Fambrough has raced at some of America’s most legendary tracks, including Sebring, Laguna Seca, and Watkins Glen.

Semyon Dukach and Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot Meets Boston Angel

Moscow-born Semyon Dukach, managing director of Techstars Boston, gave his 2013 Troublemaker award to Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (center) of punk-protest band Pussy Riot.

Credit Semyon Dukach

They fly. They sing. They build. They race. They played professional basketball, were nationally ranked fencers and rock climbers. They perform on stage with Yo-Yo Ma, and collect America’s Cup yachts.

It’s no surprise that the entrepreneurs, CEOs, angels, VCs, inventors, and other members of the Boston innovation community Xconomy covers every day are pretty smart and talented when it comes to business.

It’s probably not much of a surprise that they have a lot of other talents as well. But that doesn’t mean we still aren’t a bit blown away by some of the things they do—from singing to building their own flying machines.

One of the things Xconomy does every now and then is highlight some of those hidden talents in those we cover. Here in Boston, we haven’t done so in quite some time—and we’ve never done it through pictures. So have a look at the snapshots above to learn some strange-but-true facts about Boston area innovators. Some we have written about before, but others are brand new to our pages. We hope you find it fun.

Bob is Xconomy's founder and chairman. You can email him at [email protected]