I wonder of the Cmdr will be able to look back on his life and claim to have had even a minute fraction of the impact that Dr. Hugh Butt had on every day life as we know it. I highly doubt it, but as we enter 2009, Herr Coconut might want to think through his "accomplishments" and compare them to the above mentioned Doctor, who is credited with discovering the means by which to enable the blood of jaundiced patients to coagulate, as well as how to thin blood to prevent coagulation. These two discoveries have saved countless lives over the decades, while also enabling minor little things like open heart surgery.
Herr Coconut might also note that Dr. Butt was largely responsible for bringing the Mayo Clinic to Florida (Jacksonville) which would easily count as one of the most significant improvements in medicine in the state, ever.
Looking through his accomplishments (detailed articles were written in every major newspaper in America as well as several overseas), I'd rather have a memorable name like Butt and be able to look back on the accomplishments he achieved, than look back on life and realize my greatest accomplishment was writing drivel in a magazine under an assumed name.
Commander - do think there is any chance the New York Times will write a story about you and what you contributed in your lifetime when you finally leave this earth? If not, maybe it is time to think about a change.
Oh, get off your high horse! CC did not say one word disaparaging the good doctor, his life or his accomplishments. He merely wondered why a family with the last name of Butt would name a child Hugh.
I, for one, have consistently looked forward to reading the Commander's column ever since moving to Orlando twenty years ago. It's a slice of homemade wit, sarcasm and trivia that can add a bit of cheer to a sometimes dreary and depressing newspaper. He is also a HUGE (butt) supporter of the arts and I applaud him for that.
We all have an impact on the lives of others. Is yours merely to be an annoying gnat, Herr Maroon?