[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
Re: The Carl & Bob show
At 2:10 am -0500 on 11/21/97, Bill Frantz wrote:
> I also have several friends named Dave Smith. Also there is the Bob
> Johnson Society.
While we're all getting anecdotal about identity here, a little (exactly
irrelevant) factoid for your next lecture or presentation... If you take a
listing of the first names of schoolchildren in the Chicago Public Schools
system, you'll find an enormous listing of unique names. Almost all of them
belonging to black children, and, I believe, unique or almost unique names
form a sizeable majority of the total black schoolage population...
Shades of Ursula K. LaGuinn's "The Dispossesed"(?) where everyone had a
unique name and no property?
And thus endeth your social science lesson for the day...
Robert Hettinga (firstname.lastname@example.org), Philodox
e$, 44 Farquhar Street, Boston, MA 02131 USA
"... however it may deserve respect for its usefulness and antiquity,
[predicting the end of the world] has not been found agreeable to
experience." -- Edward Gibbon, 'Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'
The e$ Home Page: http://www.shipwright.com/
Ask me about FC98 in Anguilla!: <http://www.fc98.ai/>