A few days ago I found myself fascinated by the names attached to the junk that pushes its way into my "mailbox" (that's a metaphor; I'm speaking of e-mail). My guess is that these names are randomly generated from lists of firsts and lasts (and, sometimes, middle initials). Some recall the zanier moments of, say, Bob and Ray. Some are a matter of dazzling exotica. Some are just strangely evocative. I took a small sample from one morning's spam and invented a few brief lives.
A disclaimer: The characters described below are the work of my imagination. They bear no relation to any real person, living or dead.
Coley Georgette[With apologies to Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, who wrote "The Folks Who Live on the Hill."]
Entertainer, worked for many years at "The Stable," in downtown Terre Haute.
Pen name of Stanley Chickering, acclaimed author of more than 50 Westerns. (And a darned clever pen name too.)
Juanita Y. Langford
Director of activities at The Senior Center.
"Your Choice for Weather," weeknights at 6 and 10.
Monte R. Reilly
Manager of local big-box store, currently reading Don't Sweat the Small Stuff.
Shop teacher at Emmanuel Trades High School.
Former welterweight; more recently, Coley Georgette's manager; present whereabouts unknown.
Update, 14 February 2005: In the mail this evening -- Faustino Pendleton! I have no further information at this time.