Thursday, February 25, 2010

Rant #202: A Madoff By Any Other Name ...

One of convicted swindler Bernard Madoff's daughers-in-law wants to change her last name because she claims that her family has been open to a lot of ridicule and threats because of the infamy that name has taken on.

Stephanie Madoff, who is married to Madoff's son Mark, wants to change her--and her children's--last name to Morgan. Her husband has given his OK to this change.

I guess that is a good choice, but still links her family up with a name that reeks of privilege.

Does the name J.P. Morgan ring a bell? Doesn't she want to distance herself from money matters entirely by changing her and her kids' last name?

I mean, at this point in time, the Madoff name is nearly as bad as having a last name of Hitler. Or maybe even Woods.

Here are some last name suggestions I can think up:

Jeter: Derek is the darling of sports, and has been for years. It might be a good name to use to earn back some respectability.)

Obama: If she had decided to do this a year ago, maybe it would have worked. Now, I am not so sure.

McGwire: In the 1990s, absolutely. He brought the power of the home run back to baseball. Now, admitting to using steroids, I doubt it.

Leno: No good. He is looked at by some as the evil-doer who did in Conan O'Brien.

O'Brien: A traditional name for sure, but if Conan O'Brien doesn't do something quickly, his name will fade away, so maybe this is a good one to choose.

Letterman: Only use this name if the family can keep its pants on.

Woods: See above.

Maybe the best suggestion would be to go without a last name. Look what it has done for Cher, Madonna, Liberace ...

I've got it! Here is the name they should use:

LAPKA! I have used it for nearly 53 years and it is beyond reproach.

Nah, wouldn't work.

I guess Morgan isn't so bad after all.

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