Saturday, May 20, 2006

Elliott the Bear

OK. Here’s another cranky thing I’m going to offer up that I know will again label me as an incurable subversive, a dusty relic, a traitor to the metro area, a smug know-it-all, and perhaps worse -- it's true, I’ve never watched the American Idol television show.

Furthermore, I’m irked at how many Richmond Times-Dispatch front page stories Elliott Yamin has generated. Even after his tragic elimination the groveling for celebrity story won’t die. There was a time when I was addicted to following popular culture’s vicissitudes. And, Yamin’s comet of fame is a good example of why kicking the habit was so easy.

Don Harrison at Save Richmond has more to say about the darling of both Mayor Doug Wilder and Congressman Eric Cantor. Accordingly, what do you think is a good bet to be the new Maymont bear's name?


The Richmond Democrat said...

I still vote for "Harvey."

F.T. Rea said...


Thanks for the comment. Your suggestion is clever and I’m sure it’s well-intentioned, too. To some, it would seem a deft move to marry these two Richmond stories that generated such widespread publicity.

However, from what I know of the group closest to the Harvey family, I fear this: some, who are still struggling to cope with the unthinkable aspects of what actually happened on Jan. 1, would rather not see the Harvey name used in such a fashion at this time.

Thus, I can’t support your suggestion, even though I don't doubt a lot of people would see it as the perfect name. In this gesture, I’m simply trying to err on the side of caution.