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What’s In A Name?

Starting with the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, Caroline Summer Rose Kennedy, granddaughter of Robert Kennedy along with her father Max Kennedy, the youngest son of Robert Kennedy, were arrested for being drunk and disorderly.  Ms. Kennedy when asked if she wanted to take a breathalyzer test responded “No.  I know I’m drunk” which might be a first for a Kennedy.  We guess that gone are the days when Kennedys didn’t get arrested no matter what.  See Ted Kennedy.  But lucky for everyone involved this took place at a house.  No one, named Kennedy was in close proximity to anything powered by an internal combustion engine, not even a lawn mower.  So the good news is no one went to the hospital and no one wound up in the morgue.

And ESPN has suspended one of its announcers.  Why you may ask?  Was he caught having sex with an underage girl or boy?  Was he caught with drugs recreational or performance enhancing?  Are there are steroids that make announcers talk louder, faster better?  Unfortunately no to that last one and it is also no, to all of the above.  This announcer Robert Lee was suspended because his name is Robert Lee.  And, that is almost the same as Robert E. Lee famed Confederate General of the Army of Northern Virginia.  See the American Civil War 1861 to 1865.  But this Robert Lee is no descendant of the Lee family of Virginia.  No this Robert Lee’s family came here from China.  We’re sure there’s a joke in there somewhere, we just can’t find it.

And Mayor Wilhelm, Wilhelm aka Mayor Bill De Blasio unable to find any Confederate War statues in New York City, has finally closed in on the huge statue of Christopher Columbus around which the entire traffic circle of Columbus Circle revolves and he means to bring it down.  It seems that Christopher Columbus was a bad man, a very bad man, well to some anyway.  To others he’s a great hero.  That’s why they erected a statue to him.  But to our Mayor this statue is a ferocious giant and our fearless Mayor, like an ancient hero, from a more romantic time, means to do battle with it.

And perhaps we have been wrong here in referring to him as Mayor Wilhelm, Wilhelm and others have been wrong in calling him Mayor Putz.  Maybe, just maybe, he’s Mayor, Don Quixote.

Mr. Curry, cue the music.

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4 comments to What’s In A Name?

  • Don,

    For once I was pretty well up on the eastern news, but you, as always, filled in a good many details with an enhanced perspective. That’s why your column is as valuable and necessary as coffee in the morning! 😉


  • Don Frankel


    Thank you! We dig deep and go everywhere in our never ending quest for truth, justice and the American Way.


  • mistermuse

    Don, as it happens, I have this song in one of my Jack Jones LPs (the album is also titled THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM) — he is one of my favorite male vocalists of the 196s-70s. Did you know he is the son of Allan Jones, who you may remember from his role in the Marx Brothers’ A NIGHT AT THE OPERA:


  • Don Frankel


    Back in the 60’s I used to look at Jack Jones and say. That’s a cool guy. Being a cool guy was what you wanted to be back in the 1960’s and he was somebody I wanted to be like. He had a great career and a magical voice. I think he’s still alive and singing and still a cool guy. Come to think of it when I’m 90 I hope I’m still writing.

    Allen Jones sang on Broadway and was very famous as well. There are a lot of excellent recordings of this song but this as I remembered it Jack Jones had the big hit with it so I went with his.

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