Time for a rare moment of public introspection. Yes, you’re welcome.
Recently a member of this very site asked me if my real name was Deke. Answer: it is (as if I would choose a name that rhymes with eke, freak, reek, and oblique). But, to be honest, the reason I got the name is unclear. Maybe it’s a Scottish nickname, maybe its a hockey thing, maybe I’m named for the grounded Mercury Seven astronaut. But after a friend forwarded me this movie, it all became clear. Quite obviously, I was named after a Hindi movie called Dil Deke Dekho. I mean, consider the facts:
- The movie came out in 1959. I came out just three years later.
- The movie is in black-and-white. According to my early photos, I started in black-and-white, but somehow (science?) I was eventually converted to color.
- This funny guy who sings the song “Dil Deke Dekho” (gosh, it’s good!) pronounces my name deh-keh. Not only do I not, I have never once sung my name, not ever, in particular not in a tux and a bow tie.
Whoa, kinda gives you goose pumps. Huh?
Anyway, can’t argue with facts. Just wanted to clear that one up.