Some of you like this sort of thing

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Sat Jan 28 15:53:34 UTC 2012

A profile in today's (Saturday's) Times on the singer Paul Plishka, who is
retiring after a long career at the Metropolitan Opera.

It seems that someone who listened to the radio broadcasts of the Met
thought that his parents had been such sports fans that they had named him
"Baseball".  She was mishearing the way his name was called as the cast of
characters was run down.  The announcer would say some character would be
sung by bass Paul Plishka.

NY Times, January 28, 2012, A section, p. 21, col. 1

George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much since then.

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