Example: [Collected via e-mail, January 2010]
Origins: It sometimes happens that someone who achieves a measure of fame shares his or her name with another person who is also in the public eye (e.g., pop star Michael Jackson and the
In this instance, the question of who is the person behind a particular prison supply company has spawned its own tale.
It's a great tale, but there are two things wrong with it. First, the Bob Barker of The Price is Right fame has no children, incarcerated or otherwise. (He wed his high school sweetheart when he was 22, with that union lasting until the death of his wife in 1981 after
Second, the Bob Barker of prison toiletries and clothing fame is not the TV game show host, but a former North Carolina State Senator who got into the jail supply business after a busy career that included starting his own newspaper, becoming mayor of his town, and selling restaurant equipment. Bob Barker Company, Inc., which describes itself as "America's Leading Detention Supplier," began in the late 1970s. It vends a variety of products used in detention facilities, such as toiletries, bedding, prison uniforms, laundry and cleaning supplies, and even the trays used by inmates in the dining hall. Many of these items are manufactured under its own label, which means those in correctional facilities can't help but encounter the name, as it appears on the disposable razors and dental floss they use.
Barbara "name recognition" Mikkelson
Last updated: 12 May 2010
Vinciguerra, Thomas. "The Clothes That Make the Inmate." New York Times. 1 October 2000. NPR. "Boom in Prison Industry Products Occurs." 14 August 1999.