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.”