Thursday, October 15, 2009
Things in Threes
Someone I know who pays more attention to these things than I do once asked me if I noticed the three "makers" who passed away and were written about on the obituary page. I thought for a bit, and didn't remember seeing three family members named Maker who bit the dust together and deserved a writeup. In fact, even after checking the paper and carefully (so I thought) going over the names I could find no "makers."
Well, it wasn't names, it was occupations. Each headline for the person who passed away contained the word "maker" in their occupation. It seems a chocolate maker of note passed away, as well as a dressmaker, and a car maker. Three "makers." Yes, people do notice things.
So today I thought I'd score a grand slam when I spotted a Martin-o, an Alban-o, and a hoped for someone else whose named ended in O. No. Denied.
But it did remind me of the famous on-air exchange between Phil Rizzuto and Bill White, his Yankee broadcast partner.
It seems Phil one day was going on about how people whose last names ended in a vowel were pisans. Italians. Everyone knew that.
Well, Bill White, who is black, quickly followed with, "Oh, I get it, you mean names like Shapiro and White."
Rizzuto nearly choked on a cannoli and missed a birthday wish.