Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Nights in Hollywood, Days in the Ukraine
Maimon Schwarzschild

Eugene Volokh wasn't even born when Ward Cleaver was leaving it to Beaver.  And Volokh's parents and all his kin were off in the Ukraine somewhere at the time.  By what right does David Brooks' confusion of Ward Connerly with Ward Churchill evoke Ward Cleaver in Volokh's imagination?  Don't older and native-born Americans have any proprietary rights in our own cultural heritage?  Is our very past now the common property of Ukrainian Eugenes-come-lately?

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I think I can explain this one. People often associate names with their first encounter with a person by that name. (I can't read your posts, for example, without being reminded of both Jewish philosophy and physics.) Ward being a very uncommon first name, it's entirely possible that Volokh's introduction to the name was via a reference to Ward Cleaver. Hence, when he runs into the name Ward, he immediately thinks of Ward Cleaver, even if it's not a significant part of his cultural background.

Posted by: Dan Simon | Jan 16, 2008 8:26:34 AM

With Ward Churchill, Ward Connerly and Ward Cleaver, how many other guys named Ward are out there?

Posted by: pchuck | Jan 16, 2008 10:56:50 AM

With Ward Churchill, Ward Connerly and Ward Cleaver, how many other guys named Ward are out there?

Posted by: pchuck | Jan 16, 2008 10:56:55 AM