Origins: There are certain gags you expect to be old hat to everyone past puberty, such as the standard suite of "
A familiar amalgam of the latter two japes is the giving out of names that appear innocuous in written form or sound plausible when pronounced slowly but produce racy or embarrassing combinations when uttered out loud at a normal speaking pace (e.g., Hugh Jass, Anita Bath, Mike Rotch), a joke usually enjoyed by duping a switchboard operator into paging someone using one of those names. (This is a running gag that Bart Simpson repeatedly pulls on Moe the bartender in the animated TV series
As I said, I'd expect everyone past junior high school to recognize these old routines from miles away, but I've been proved wrong
Throughout the morning, law enforcement officers stood on the perimeter of the five-acre field. At no point did the protest turn violent, though officers escorted Heywood Jablome away after he held up a sign directly in front of Burk that read "Make me dinner" before shouting "Oprah rules."
It all started Saturday afternoon at the Masters in Augusta, Ga., while covering the protests outside the gates of the Augusta National Golf Club.
With a swarm of reporters, police and protesters there for Martha Burk's high-profile stand against the club's male-only membership policy, one man held up a sign
Once off the protest site, the man talked with about a dozen reporters and identified himself by a bogus name, a name that, while appearing innocuous enough on paper, refers to a sex act when sounded out.
Unfortunately, I never actually heard the protester's name pronounced, just caught him spelling it out for others and jotted it down in my notepad.
I wrote the story for Sunday's paper, tucked the quote down near the bottom, filed it to my editors in Charleston and blithely went about my life, unaware that this one name was about to make my own name known around the country.
On Monday afternoon, thanks to some astute readers with a vivid recollection of elementary school vernacular, I realized I had been duped.
Asked why he was there, Jablomie pointed toward the side of the brick building. "Read the sign over there: 'Father Conroy's Vineyard of Hope.' That's what it is," he said.
Last updated: 28 December 2009
Scott, James. "Protesters Overshadowed by Media, Police." The [Charleston] Post and Courier 13 April 2003. Scott, James. "Embarrassing Lesson: Duped Reporter Learns the Hard Way." The [Charleston] Post and Courier 20 April 2003. Speer, Mary Louise. "Christmas Dinner: Vineyard of Hope Serves Holiday Meals." [Davenport] Quad-City Times. 26 December 2009.