Monday, August 11, 2008

Not a Headline Name

From the Los Angeles Times

BEIJING -- Chanpim Kantatian from Thailand was a little worried that she might not make her country's Olympic team. So last year, she went to see a fortuneteller, who told her to change her name.
Headline writers in Bangkok might have suggested something like Madonna.
Kantatian chose: Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon.
It seems to have worked. She won the gold medal Sunday in the 53-kilogram class.

Which sort of reminds me of a story the late Don D'Elia used to tell when discussing tight headline counts at The Hartford Courant, though I don't remember whether he said he'd actually written this headline or was just speculating about the Illinois football team becoming sick:


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