Namesakes

May 1 2012 @ 10:28am

NPR explores the benefits and burdens of sharing a name with a celebrity:  

The Howard Johnson hotel chain is offering free one-night stays to people named Don Draper. ESPN is running a commercial showing how the appearance of a white Michael Jordan is endlessly disappointing to waiters and limo drivers. "Why should I change? He's the one who sucks," complains a character named Michael Bolton in the 1999 film Office Space. … "I always have to explain to someone who Googles my name — I'm not the linebacker for the Steelers, I'm not the inmate in Texas convicted of aggravated robbery, or the teen rapist charged in Wisconsin, or the guy in the mug shot in North Carolina for possession of drug paraphernalia," says Andre Frazier of Wellington, Fla. "I'm thinking about changing my name."