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Jewish World Review Dec. 20, 2002 / 15 Teves 5763

Steve Young

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McCartney Credit Reverse Sets A Dangerous Precedent




http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | Paul McCartney's decision to reverse the order of the famous Lennon-McCartney songwriting credit to McCartney-Lennon may open the doors to a firestorm of litigation and corporate turmoil he never imagined. McCartney's spokesman Geoff Baker defended the switch on Tuesday, saying it was not divisive. I beg to differ. I believe we're heading down a dark and foreboding path. Or is it foreboding and dark?

Word is that the infighting at Johnson & Johnson has already boiled over with the families of Johnson battling the families of Johnson over the name sequence. Will it be long before we'll be seeing Johnson & Johnson recycled as Johnson & Johnson. I say that if Johnson had wanted to have his name first, then he should have thought of it when they made the decision in the first place. Besides, Johnson & Johnson sounds ridiculous.

And you know a flood other revisions are sure to follow...

What if Alcoholics Anonymous decides to go Anonymous Alcoholics? Do we really need AA when we already have AA? Is this fair to members of AA? Don't I, I mean, they, already have enough problems? What happens if AAA exchanges letters? I'm already confused enough as to how Automobile Club of America pans out to AAA, do I need the additional aggravation when my car breaks down. And whose going to pay for the phone book readjustments?

Do we need history rewritten? Do we need to see Allen & Burns, Lewis & Martin, Chong & Cheech, or Cher? I think we would all agree we need none of that.

And, please, think of the children. How long before the Department of Education rethinks some of the oldies but goodies? Or "goodies, but oldies?" Will there soon be an "e" after "i" except before "c"? Will prepositions be permitted to end sentences? G-d forbid!

I beseech you Mr. McCartney, rethink your position (ing). What if we all chose to follow your lead? I'd be known as Young Steve and being that I work in Hollywood...hey.



JWR contributor Steve Young, Prism Award winner and Humanitas Prize nominee for his television writing, is contributing editor at the Writers Guild of America's "Written By" magazine. He is the author of "Great Failures of the Extremely Successful: Mistakes, Adversity, Failure and Other Stepping Stones to Success," . the director/writer of "My Dinner With Ovitz," and opens car doors for students at his very young kids' school. His website is www.greatfailure.com. Comment by clicking here.

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