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Paper Clips

Big changes

My husband asked me a very good question while we were on our honeymoon last week. Now that I'm Lynda Jo Staples and no longer have the last name Gross, what was I going to name my column that appears on these pages every other week.

Good question. I had been trying to figure out what to change my name to and given little thought to my column.

First the dilemma was whether or not to bring back my maiden name, Thornbrugh, and incorporate it into the wording of my married name.

Finally, I asked my friends on Facebook if I should be Lynda Jo Thornbrugh-Staples or Lynda Jo Staples.

The best answer I got came while I was in Mexico: add Thornbrugh as a middle name and that way I won't have the lengthy byline of Lynda Jo Thornbrugh-Staples attached to my stories and columns in the newspaper.

The answer to naming my new column was easy and one that a few people got a kick out of.

Because of the Staples office supply chain, magically I've come up with "Paper clips."

I like it.

I never had any affection for the last name Gross, but did like the name "Gross Point Blank" for a personal opinion page column. Fellow reporter Corey Russell came up with that when I first got hired here after I'd been banging my head on the wall trying to come up with something clever. Grosse Point Blank is a 1997 movie starring John Cusak about an assassin who goes on a kill mission in the same town as his ten-year high school reunion.

Now it's out with the old (Gross Point Blank) and in with the new (Paper clips).

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