2.2.2020 – Palindrome day!

Palindrome day!
OH! 2 2 2020
Bolton is Notlob

So I had to hammer that 2nd line to get it into place.

Its my blog.

According to Wikipedia, “A palindrome is a word, number, phrase, or other sequence of characters which reads the same backward as forward, such as madam, racecar, or the number 10801. Sentence-length palindromes may be written when allowances are made for adjustments to capital letters, punctuation, and word dividers, such as “A man, a plan, a canal, Panama!”, “Was it a car or a cat I saw?” or “No ‘x’ in Nixon”.

Composing literature in palindromes is an example of constrained writing.

The word palindrome was first published by Henry Peacham in his book, The Truth of Our Times (1638). It is derived from the Greek roots palin (πάλιν; “again”) and dromos (δρóμος; “way, direction”); however, the Greek language uses a different word, i.e. καρκινικός, to refer to letter-by-letter reversible writing.

Such a great word!

Such a great word history.

Such words are the buried foundation blocks of our language.

Two things always come to my mind when I think of palindromes.

The first is that Harry Carey, when he was still with the White Sox, had to point out that Toby Harrah’s name was spelled the same forwards and backwards.

Then Harry would say, “That’s a palindrome!”

The very first time I heard Harry say that, I was impressed with Harry’s erudition.

The next time Harrah was up and I heard it again, I was a little less impressed.

By the end of the game, having heard this now 3 or 4 times, I began to wonder if Harry remembered who Harrah was and if he had every mentioned Palindromes before.

After a season of White Sox games, including 10 or 12 with Cleveland, I no longer wondered.

Neither here no there but much of the fun in listening to Harry Caray was his natural excitement for all things new.

The excitement of a kid at the ballpark.

It suddenly strikes me, that for Harry, each game was new.

He couldn’t remember yesterday if he tried.

Not a comment on his thinking but on his drinking.

But I digress.

The other thing that always, ALWAYS, comes to mind, is that THE PALINDROME OF BOLTON IS NOTLOB.

I had a good friend, actually a friend of my brother Pete.

Sad to say this friend recently passed away.

I would run into him from time to time and he would always start the conversation by disclaiming “THE PALINDROME OF BOLTON IS NOTLOB”

I loved this.

The phrase “THE PALINDROME OF BOLTON IS NOTLOB” had always been one of my favorites.

Often times in meetings that I had long since lost connection with, I would be called on to comment and I would say, “THE PALINDROME OF BOLTON IS NOTLOB.”

Is it any wonder that I found myself locked away up the attic away from other workers who might catch my particular brand of insanity.

It’s almost a code phrase.


You either know of don’t.

If you know it, you know it.

If you don’t know it, it would take volumes to explain and the effort would be fruitless as it is most likely that after learning what it means and why, you would say, I’don’t get it.

Or worse.

Something like, is that all?

But that is where I cam going to leave you.

But one last time in memory and thanks of the late great Eric Richards, THE PALINDROME OF BOLTON IS NOTLOB.

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