meltsner at alum.mit.edu
Tue Aug 7 10:48:34 PDT 2012
On Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 12:34 PM, Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
> Hah! Just try to look up "Stephen Williams" (I'm in just about every town
> of any significant population) or even "Stephen D. Williams" (all large
> cities) or even "Stephen Douglas Williams" (not even close to unique,
> probably not even available as a stage name). Not to mention wondering what
> my grandparents thought of "Stephen Douglas". Adam has it easy.
> More unique as a moniker than my full name: sdw
> My father named all of his children with the same initials. My little
> brother continued the tradition. That's 8 of us with the initials sdw.
For better or worse, "Ken Meltsner" points to exactly two individuals,
and we can be disambiguated by context (he's in NYC and magazine
marketing, I believe) or our middle initials.
It's the big advantage of an Ellis Island naming error.
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