Mad Men

Is Don Draper of 'Mad Men' really D.B. Cooper?

Is Don Draper of 'Mad Men' really D.B. Cooper?

If it turns out that "Mad Men" has actually been a seven-season back story for the most mysterious real-life figure in modern history, it will rank as the most bravura achievement in entertainment history.

The series finale will air a week from Sunday on AMC, and growing speculation online among fans has it that the main character, the suave and troubled advertising legend, Don Draper, will turn out to be the skyjacker known as D.B. Cooper, who, clutching $200,000 in ransom money, parachuted from a commercial airplane in November 1971.

Like many outlandish theories, it makes some sense. (The discussion that follows contains some minor spoilers if you're not current...