Coming Out of Left Field

Friday, July 15, 2005

What's in a name?

The new J.K. Rowling opus goes on sale tonight, and at least one person named Harry Potter will be standing in line:

Harry Potter and the undertaking counterpart (requires free registration)

This reminded me of a Russian man who had his name changed to Harry Ivanovich Potter two years ago (Russian law prevented him from dropping the patronymic), hoping that the cachet would help him win a regional election. Alas, his efforts failed, as Eduard Rossel was re-elected after winning a run-off vote.

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