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That's Middle Name-Calling!

November 17, 1998

Question from Nov. 10: With Jesse "The Body / The Mind" Ventura waiting in the wings to be governor of Minnesota, what new middle names would you give other public figures?

"How about Newt 'The Brute' Gingrich or Bill 'The Spill' Clinton?

--LESLIE DOGOLDOGOL, Chino Hills

"Ken 'Falling' Starr."

--ZACHARY A. CHARLES, Burbank

"Barbara 'The Joe' Boxer; Saddam 'The Snake' Hussein."

--MERRY CLARK, Camarillo

"With sincere apologies, Bob 'Double-O-Loser' Dornan."

--CAROLINA RODRIGUEZ, Irvine

"Janet 'The Babe' Reno"; Ross 'The Rugrat' Perot."

--SHARON KARP, Los Angeles

"Jesse 'Any Chance We Can Impeach Rob Reiner?' Helms."

--PERRY ALLEN, Carlsbad

"William 'The Zipper' Clinton."

--S. SHALIT, Laguna Beach

"Al 'The Bore' Gore; Monica 'The Mouth' Lewinsky; Linda 'The Finger' Tripp; Barbara 'The Bruiser' Boxer."

--NISSEN A. DAVIS, Rancho Palos Verdes

"Bob 'Mournin' ' Dornan."

--MARK SANCHEZ, Fullerton

"Rep. Henry 'Dr. Jekyll' Hyde."

--JAMES MURPHY, La Habra

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The question for Nov. 24:

So, Saddam Hussein backed down this time. But we need someone to put a scare into the iron-fisted, uniform-wearing, slogan-ranting president of Iraq to keep him from acting up again . . . and somehow touchy-feely, "I feel your pain" President Clinton doesn't seem the man for the job. Who should the U.S send to go mano a mano with Hussein to keep him in his place?

Send replies of 25 words or less to Smart Aleck, in care of Southern California Living, Los Angeles Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles, CA 90053, or e-mail to socalliving@latimes.com. Include your name and hometown. Replies will appear next week. Don't be bashful.

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