My name on television

Have you ever wondered how characters get named on television shows? What would it be like to share the name of a famous character like Richie Cunningham, Sam Malone or Adrian Monk? I have a fairly common first name, but my last name can be spelled several ways and my family’s is one of the more unusual ones. I’ve seen the other variations a few times with different first names, but imagine my surprise when I heard my whole name coming out of the set earlier this week. I expected to be disappointed once again, but there in the background was a plaque with the exact spelling. Wow.

Unfortunately, my namesake was a murder victim who remained unseen until his decomposing body was found dumped in a freezer. He did briefly come to life in a flashback showing his murder by bludgeoning. Even in life, he wasn’t that sympathetic a person. He was a workaholic who ignored his family to the point of being unconcerned about the affair his wife was having with one of his employees and he contributed to his son-in-law’s gambling addiction by hiring him to work with “whales” at his casino.

Still, that was my name on screen and since I don’t plan on a reality show appearance anytime soon, it will probably be the only time it happens.


2 Responses to “My name on television”

  1. 1 Christina November 13, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    You can always change your name to Max Power.

  2. 2 unsetclock November 14, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    Yes, since the Simpsons is a show I’ve never watched, I had to look up your suggestion.

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