Charles Webb is an author who's first novel was turned into the 1967 film "The Graduate." His wife calls herself "Fred" to show sympathy for the discrimination suffered by people named Fred. I wasn't aware of such discrimination until Monica Hesse, a Washington Post Staff Writer, wrote a column making fun of Fred Thompson's name:
In the swampy soup of hopefuls for the 2008 presidential election, there is a man with a funny name. (No, not that one.)
We're thinking of the one named Fred (Thompson).
Say it out loud. Do it. Fred. Fred. In the South, Fray-ud.
It has the tonal quality of something being dropped on the floor, something heavy and damp-ish.
Waterlogged paper towel.
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