GETTING MORE TALE #668: It’s All in the Name
At the Record Store, we had a habit of giving customers nicknames. It made them easier to remember…and it was sometimes good for a chuckle!
Some customers, however, needed no nicknames. Their real names were definitely historic enough.
First there was Bill. Bill Board.
If I had a name like Bill Board, I think I would prefer to introduce myself just as “Bill”. Or I’d just go by William. We had a few CDs on order for Bill Board. It was one of those names that made you say “Come again?”
Charlie Brown was another one. You were not required to give a last name to order a CD. Only a first name was necessary. The first time he phoned, Charlie Brown gave me both his names. He requsted a CD. I asked for his info, and I laughed! I thought it was a prank call. “You laughing at my name?” he said. “That’s my real name!” Charlie Brown, you will never be forgotten.
There was also a fellow named Lynn, no last name given. Yes, there are men out there named Lynn. It’s unusual but not unheard of. However when Lynn was put in the system for a CD order, we made sure to add the notation “Lynn – a man”. That way when you called for Lynn and left a message, you wouldn’t say something like “Please tell her that the CD she ordered was in.” We’d know it was a guy and which pronoun to use. That’s how “Lynn – a man” made it into our order entries!
Finally, we had Zoltan. Zoltan Zonger. What an awesome name! It recalls the “Zoltan cultists” from the movie Dude, Where’s My Car. Remember them? “ZOLTAN!” Good old Zoltan, “Double-Z”. He was not seen much, but his name was there in the order system. It’s the kind of name that jumped out every time you scrolled past it. Zoltan Zonger.
Fuck, I wish I had a cool name like Zoltan Zonger!