Maybe his name subconsciously pushed Dean toward an academic career

Yesterday at his BYU office, Dean took a call from someone calling himself a “Senior Producer” for a television series. Dean asked how the producer had gotten his number, and was told the producer’s staff found him. The producer went on to say that they were working on a theme of sustainability, so Dean figured he must be interested in Dean’s alternate energy research, but became increasingly baffled as the guy kept asking him how his school “gets its name out there” and how they like to portray themselves, and pitched him an “educational” film featuring the college that could be made for a fee of $25K. After about fifteen minutes of this, Dean finally figured out the guy thought he was talking to the dean of the college. He told him “Dean is my name, but I’m not the Dean.” After that, the guy couldn’t get off the phone fast enough.

Dean emailed the dean of the college to tell him what had happened, who replied, “You can take my calls any time!”

Baby-naming hint: If there’s any likelihood your child will go into a given field, you might want to avoid giving your child a name that pertains to that profession. For example, if your child might end up in the movie business, you might not want to name him “Gaffer.” Or if your daughter might get into the cleaning business, don’t call her “Windex.”

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13 Responses to Maybe his name subconsciously pushed Dean toward an academic career

  1. Kristina P. says:

    Haha, that is hilarious! I guess it was bound to happen!

  2. Trina says:

    Darn! Gaffer and Windex were at the top of my list for my next (imaginary) baby!

  3. Jen says:

    I’ll name my next boy cardiologist.

  4. marymary says:

    I think I’m still good with my top name choice of Windex, because no child of mine is going to have the background necessary for a career in cleaning.

  5. danithew says:

    For the first time some help towards a theory as to how Frank Zappa named his kids.

  6. Hannah says:

    Ha, ha, ha! That poor staffer. So fired.

  7. I’ve always wondered if Dean had problems with his name. That is really a funny story!

  8. the MomB says:

    If you’d like your son to be a race car driver, should you avoid naming him Wrecks?

    Z’s Grandpa worked for the General Services Administration, a branch of the U.S. Federal Gov’t, Region 10, headquartered in Washington State. One time he was ordering a training film by phone (in the 60s, pre-www) from another branch of the Fed. Gov’t and introduced himself by saying, “This is Roy Huntington from the General Services Administration in Washington State.” So this ordering clerk (I just realized I’ve always pictured her as blond, huh) starts calling him General Huntington and keeps getting things all mixed up all along the way. My dad tried repeatedly to straighten the story out, and thought he finally had, but her parting words were along the lines that they’d get that film right out to him in Washington D.C. and, “It was a pleasure to help you, General Huntington.”

    Could another name have helped him, do you think?

    • zstitches says:

      It sounds like this is a case where nothing would have helped. 🙂

      • zstitches says:

        P.S. There’s a story that goes around (probably an urban legend) where people from New Mexico get their mail sent back Return to Sender because they hadn’t paid enough postage to have it delivered from Mexico. I think there’s even a version of the story where a postal worker insists that there is no U.S. state of New Mexico.

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