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3/15/2012 9:59:00 PM
Friday Catchall: Unusual name honors ancestors

Tim Wiederaenders
Editor, The Daily Courier

The Friday Catchall:

• WHAT'S IN A NAME? - On March 11 we reported the birth of Smokey Bozo Darby, a cute 8-pound, 3-ounce boy, born March 9 to Rosalee and Kenneth Darby of Paulden. (Congratulations!)

Needless to say, curiosity got the best of me concerning his unique names, so I called the family. Rosalee and I spoke for a bit and I learned that they are very special family names.

Smokey was the baby's great-great-uncle, who passed away four years ago. "He was really special to my husband," Rosalee said. "He was an amazing spiritual man and a decorated veteran."

She added that Smokey was a Mormon bishop for 31 years in Gila, N.M., about 30 miles northwest of Silver City.

Bozo, an even more unique name, was the middle name of the baby's great-grandfather, who died 14 years ago, Rosalee said. He was a turquoise trader throughout the tribes in New Mexico and Arizona, as well as a cattle and horse rancher.

Bozo (his first name was Willy) had a huge horse ranch in Patagonia, she said, and the items from the ranch are now part of a museum in Ruidoso, N.M.

That's really wonderful. In an age when some people give their children one-of-a-kind names, often butchering the English language to do so, it is heartening to learn the backstory to this little one's moniker.

I am happy for him. Though I could write volumes about how as long as I can remember I have been explaining and spelling my last name! Get ready.

On a side note, he will be wonderful - if only because he shares the same birthday as my sister, Cindy! Happy birthday, Wimpy (my nickname for her that has its own backstory).

• ENGLISH - From time to time we receive letters to the editor that leave us scratching our heads.

An example came in this week about Afghanistan, the Quran and U.S. foreign policies. To wit:

"The burning of the Quran, this shameful holly incident and the ones to fallow ..." (That would be "holy" and "follow.")

"But it has infuriated the Moslems and Obama has lost all respect on the one billion Muslims from around the world." (Moslems versus Muslims? Both are correct, but Moslems can be considered offensive - and you'd want to pick one spelling anyway.)

"... They were told to lack and load their weapons ... Washington has no clue how to dill with Islamic Fundamentalists." (Lack and load? ... Dill, like a pickle?)

I appreciate and welcome letters, especially those we can print without deciphering too much. In addition to checking and supplying sources, please use two spellchecks. The first is the one in your computer or on your bookshelf. The other one is between your ears.

Remember, a monumental disparity exists between "public" and "pubic" meetings. Unfortunately, the computer's spellcheck will not know the difference.

• SUNSHINE WEEK - For this week (March 11-17) I must highlight the need to continue Arizona's progress toward more comprehensive government transparency.

This week the Arizona PIRG Education Fund released a report, "Money 2012: How the States Rank on Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data." (See below for a link to the report.)

This third annual ranking of states' progress toward "Transparency 2.0" is a new standard of comprehensive, one-stop, one-click budget accountability and accessibility, the organization stated in a news release.

In the report, Arizona received an A-minus for its online transparency efforts. While Arizona scored well this year, there is always room for improvement.

This is the case, despite the fact that by Jan. 1, 2013, local governments (cities, towns, counties, community colleges, universities and school districts) in Arizona will be required to launch transparency websites similar to the state's OpenBooks website, lifting the veil on local government spending.

Transparency is good news for taxpayers and watchdog organizations to monitor local revenues and expenditures. OpenBooks was created so that local governments can post their information onto the state's website if they want.

Folks, Arizonans deserve to have access to comprehensive and detailed information on how state government spends money.

We should not have it any other way.

• MY PICK OF THE WEEK is a concert Saturday by Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, known as the Honey Dewdrops. They will offer melodies of "rootsy Americana" at the Prescott Center for the Arts.

The show opens at 7:30 p.m. For tickets or information, call the PCA at 445-3286, visit www.pca-az.net or stop by the box office at 208 N. Marina St.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2012
Article comment by: My name is Smokey Bozo, up your nose with a rubber hoso!

The playground out to be fun for this kid.


Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2012
Article comment by: Rock Lobster

Celebrities often name their kids weird things, but celebrities are rich enough that their kids don't have to worry about it. I wouldn't want to be looking for an entry level job as Moon Unit, or Smokey Bozo for that matter. That's why god created nicknames.

Posted: Friday, March 16, 2012
Article comment by: Hey! It could be worse.

Frank Zappa named his kids Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva Muffin.

Posted: Friday, March 16, 2012
Article comment by: Bob Dylan

Tim, you are being too kind. While Smokey Bozo might be cute for a baby, as an adult good luck getting taken seriously. Isn't the rule, If you give your child a ridiculous first name, at least have the decency to give them a normal middle name they can use if they can't stand their first name?

Posted: Friday, March 16, 2012
Article comment by: gracie xx

@ And I thought ... Generally speaking, the "middle of the block" is between one's ears.

Posted: Friday, March 16, 2012
Article comment by: Carolyn Bradshaw

This little guy brings his own uniqueness to the world along with a connection to his family history and our southwest history. However, the greatest gift his parents have given him - besides their love - is a direct connection to his family's 'heroes.' If he should ever need inspiration or if he loses himself along the way, all he need do is think about his name. I suspect it will give him strength. I think most kids and adults will find the name to be cool and appreciate it once Smokey proudly tells them his story.

Posted: Friday, March 16, 2012
Article comment by: And I thought I had to fight my way thru elementary school due to MY name

Poor little Smokey Bozo!

Tim: I also note the strange use of the term "on" in the phrase "...Obama has lost all respect on the one billion..."

But sometimes the grammatical and syntax errors really crack me up, like when a reporter writes or says, "He was shot in the middle of the block."

I guess that's next to one's pancreas?

Posted: Friday, March 16, 2012
Article comment by: Smoky Bozo's parents are thoughtless and downright mean.

I wonder if they ever thought about the razzing and endless teasing this poor child will endure. Kids can be really cruel. May be amusing to the editor but not really a good thing.

Posted: Friday, March 16, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Steele

Well done Tim! What a hoot! did I spell that right? I was especially rocked by your pointing out the difference between public and pubic meetings. I recall I had a lot of both in my time but lately, public meetings are more important.

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