Man Without Qualities

Tuesday, July 01, 2003

Another Infringement Action For Mr. Lee

Spike Lee (born Shelton Jackson Lee and named "Spike" by his mother for his tough personality) is suing TNN, nee The Nashville Network, nee The National Network, a division of MTV Networks, for changing its name to "Spike TV."

But matters seem to be going from bad to worse for Mr. Lee.

Now the Irish are calling the newest addition to Dublin's skyline - a slender 394 feet high needle placed in the middle of O'Connell Street, Dublin's main thoroughfare, "the Spike", although it was originally named the "Millennium Spire."

No doubt the Irish are doing that just to bask in the glow of Mr. Lee's fame and lofty public persona. I wouldn't be at all surprised if a substantial portion of people living in cities would be convinced that Spike Lee either was connected with the Dublin spire or had authorized the spire. For God's sake, a substantial portion of people living in cities are probably convinced that Abraham Lincoln was a Democrat. That kind of thing is one of the big problems with American public education.

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