Coming up with original ideas has been an important part of my life. As a radio programmer, graphic designer, as a writer – coming up with new ideas has paved the way to my successes. Why then do I have a cat named “Kitty?” Why not “Fluffy,” or “Maggie?” The reason is she adopted us. She walked out from a horse barn and followed me and my dog Roy home. We had seen her before, calling her “Kitty” or sometimes “Kitty Kitty,” the traditional way to try and get a cat’s attention (it doesn’t work.) We just kept calling her “Kitty,” and it seems odd now to imagine calling her anything else. That’s her name.
Similarly, the teddy bear I got for Christmas when I was two years old, is named “Teddy.” (I still have him.) I suspect both instances are more likely related to a rule I’ve followed, which I’ve taught others over the years. In problem solving, in writing, in humor, I’ve stuck to this mantra, “Don’t overlook the obvious.”Then why is my dog named “Roy” and not “Doggie?” The reason is obvious – that would sound stupid.
Originally published 10/25/15