name regret

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Oct 15 21:11:34 UTC 2011

On Sat, Oct 15, 2011 at 9:44 AM, Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at> wrote:
> Lawrence D. Bobo, W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard (and before that professor at Stanford), distinguished sociologist
> Roger Bobo, tuba virtuoso and pedagogue, and subject of John Updike's playful poem "Recital" (from _Telephone Poles_, 1963):

Far better known than my Bobo-surnamed relatives! I've never met any
of that branch of the family, myself. I've only heard of them from my

The Bobo-surnamed Chicanos were colleagues in my L.A. Department of
Water & Power years.

BTW, as people can probably guess, the history of the D.W.&P. as
depicted in the movie, "Chinatown," is not the one fed to new hires,
especially WRT the "heroic" William Mulholland, "Father of Modern Los
Angeles" / "Second Founder of Los Angeles." I had no idea!

And I'd like to make clear that I worked for the _Power_ Division.:-)
"I didn't have nothing to do with that there water," to paraphrase
Archie Bunker.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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