" SEE THE SHRINK'S NAME ?. . .
LENNY LIPSHITZ . . . I always thought it was a
funny name . . . but it's a REAL name !
I LOVE THE NAME. It sounds like a name you woulda seen on stage in a slapstick comedy act between striptease acts, maybe in Baltimore, circa 1958 . . . . They had some great
slapstick acts then . . . I was stationed in downtown Washington D.C. with the Ceremonial President's Ceremonial Guard Detachment at the time.
Baltimore was only 55 minutes away . . .
" Several years ago, I used the name, LIPSHITZ in a cartoon for HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW, and it was an executive's office . . . . the lettering on the door read: Lenny Lipshitz, CEO, etc., etc. anyway, they asked me to change the name . . . They said it sounded like it was too made up and someone could be offended by it, it didn't sound real . . . so I changed the name to read a more common Irish name . . . I forgot the name I changed it to and I don't remember the gag. . . Anyway. I thought you might enjoy the little story behind the name , LIPSHITZ . "
After that episode, I tweaked it a little, and now I use it thusly: Leonard Lipschitz . . . I think it looks and sounds
more authentic and dignified in a slapstick way . . . but
then, again, what the hell do I KNOW ? "
- Peter Plum
" Nuf sed. "
- Peter Plum Jr.
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" Few people think more than
two or three times a year.
I have made an international reputation
for myself by thinking once
or twice a week. "
- George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950
IRISH DRAMATIST, WRITER AND CRITIC