'F' As In Frank

A case of mistaken identity

I have an invisible twin. As far back as I can remember there's been this character named John Sannin.

The identity was created because when spelling my name for people, the F in Fannin was mistaken for S as in - you guessed it - Sannin.

I see other alterations in spelling my last name, to be sure - Fanin, Fanning, Fannon to name a few - when Fannin would really quite do.

But this Sannin identity threw me for a loop as a kid. The thrill of my first library card, for example, was spoiled by the Sannin spelling.

Then there was the layaway scare several years ago. The item was set aside and I faithfully put money down to keep it in layaway. But when the time came to pick it up, my name was nowhere to be found.

A diligent cashier scanned the card file when she finally stumbled upon my name under S for Sannin, of course.

That was it.

Since then I've followed my Mom's example in spelling my last name by beginning:


Sometimes I wonder if there is a real John Sannin out there who is mistaken for John Fannin. I'd be curious to know if he spells his name by starting, "S-as-in-Sam..."

Then I think, maybe it's not so bad to have a mistaken identity from time to time. After all, as "John Sannin" I would be blameless of any mess caused by the Fannin guy.

But I digress.

I'm the new reporter at the Daily Sun News. I've met a number of people here already and look forward to meeting you, whether it be on the street or on the sideline.

When we meet, I'll do my best to remember your name and hope you remember mine.

In fact, I'll even spell it for you, "F-as-in-Frank..."


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