It’s my name " honest |

It’s my name " honest

Dear Editor:

“Heh, heh, heh,” Stoner Dude said. “He’s a crook.” I have to tell you, I’ve heard that kind of “humor” since I was 4 years old and my Romper Room buddies began to realize we all had last names, too.

By the time I was in junior high school ” and puberty began to kick in ” the need to make fun of my last name, “Crook,” began to fade. I did hear about it when I ran for treasurer of the student council (a Crook in charge of your money?!?) and again in law school from my fellow criminal law students, about what a great way to “advertise” (this was back when lawyers were prevented by their professional codes from advertising themselves). It’s old stuff to me now.

My ancestors from Crook, Scotland, will smile at Andy Stone ” as I did (albeit not a huge smile) ” and sigh. So, laugh if you must, Andy Stone. “I am a Crook,” he says in his best Dick Nixon interpretation ” and proudly so.

R. Barry Crook