Names; appropriate and otherwise – ode to Ronald Lee Homer Jr.


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I’ve always been interested in how some names are so very appropriate. For instance here in Montreal from time to time a news story arises about birds and the media, in search of an expert opinion, go to a local ornithologist, who just happens to be Dr. David Bird of McGill University.

Didn’t it cross anyone else’s mind to comment that he’s not the first homer to land in the parking lot?

I personally have met a Chaplain Chaplain and, one of my favorites, Dr. Gauze – a longtime Montreal ENT specialist. I also seem to recall a funeral director by the name of Coffin.

It still baffles me that one letter and one chromosome are the only differences between Eva Longoria and Evan Longoria.  That two people with names so similar (and not something like Ray and Fay Smith) could both achieve fame in their respective fields of expertise engages me.

It still baffles me that one letter and one chromosome are the only differences between Eva Longoria and Evan Longoria

These intriguing coincidences  – or maybe they’re not coincidences but fate, who knows – sometimes have a dark side.  I was fascinated recently by an unfortunate and tragic event. At Turner Field in Atlanta, at a Braves baseball game a young man fell from the bleachers to his death.  He landed in a parking lot under the stands. Some said alcohol may have been involved, regardless it was a very sad situation. What struck me was finding out that his last name was “Homer” – Ronald Lee Homer Jr.  Now I’m not an unusually cruel person, and I certainly don’t find the loss of life funny, but doesn’t it seem appropriate that a guy who lands in the parking lot of a baseball stadium should be called Homer? Didn’t it cross anyone else’s mind to comment that he’s not the first homer to land in the parking lot?

Given the location of his death, let’s assume Ronald Jr. was a baseball fan. In which case his name, Homer, was absolutely ideal. The only better option would have been Ronald Perfect-Game and I don’t see a lot of those in the White Pages.  I’ll bet there are a few fans out there who would like to be Jim or Jane Touchdown, maybe Larry or Laura Goal, there are no doubt many Baskets, but probably few if any Cindy Slam-Dunks.  Fred Ringer, Nadia Ten, not one of these possibilities can hold a candle to Ronald Lee Homer Jr., baseball fan. Rest in peace.

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