The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Monday, December 3, 2007

It's not me
Tom Smith

Just to be clear, I am not the Thomas Smith who wrote the, uh, controversial piece in the National Review.  I go by the nom de blog Tom Smith.  Yes, there have been times when I wished for a less anonymous name, but what can you do.  I knew a woman named Pigg, for example.  It could be worse.  I once had a clerk in a clothing store in Boise go all gooey on me because she mistook me for the Smith who was her high school boyfriend.  Really.  I was the jock Smith, he was the freak Smith.  While he was having fun, I was running stairs and throwing up.  Anyway, I did not write any inaccurate stories about Iraq.  But if you google "Tom Smith conservative," I actually come up ahead of the Thomas Smith accused of fabulizing (though that could just be because Google knows what I'm thinking).  With just plain old "Tom Smith" I don't come up until page 2.  With "Tom Smith law," I do very well.  I could do this all day.

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Look Smith, you're not kidding anybody. We know who you are.

Posted by: willis | Dec 4, 2007 8:19:20 AM

Worst. Pseudonym. Ever.

Posted by: nino | Dec 4, 2007 8:43:31 AM

Guess ya coulda chosen John Smith, eh?

Posted by: Denny | Dec 4, 2007 3:00:32 PM

As a fellow "Tom Smith", I understand your pain :)

Posted by: Tom Smith | Dec 4, 2007 7:31:27 PM

The anonymous name does not help. I put up with the grief of an unpronounceable name, but I thought at least it made me unique. But no. There is another Bill Sjostrom, at Truth on the Market. Who would have thunk it. Damn.

Posted by: William Sjostrom | Dec 5, 2007 8:00:08 AM

It could be worse. One of my colleagues shares a name with a fellow who, apparently, a very prominent gay porn star.

He gets late night phone calls from confused, lovestruck, intoxicated gays. These calls do not amuse him or his wife.

Posted by: krm | Dec 5, 2007 8:32:28 AM

krm -- that is very funny. I feel better now.

Posted by: Tom Smith (of RC) | Dec 5, 2007 10:34:20 AM

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