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Subject:Re: What kind of names do you make up? From:Jeff Jungblut <jeff -at- PORT-CHARLES -dot- COM> Date:Thu, 10 Jun 1999 14:02:38 -0700
On 6/10/99 10:09 AM, John Posada (jposada01 -at- YAHOO -dot- COM) wrote:
>I've been told not to use "real" information, so for
>the purposes of this manual, we've made up a fictitous
>country, address, etc. Well, we want to include a
>fictitous set of contacts. (name, title, phone#, fax#,
>email address, etc.)
>Now...I could use the universally-know "John Smith at
>123 Main St.", or I could use...something else. ;-)
>The question: have you, as the writer, ever used your
>own name as the contact? It sure would eliminate the
>problem we all have when showing our portfolios in
At my last job (Jostens Learning Corporation) we had a company-approved
list of fictitious multicultural names to use in sample student and
teacher databases. How boring!
In other projects, I've never used my own name, but have used the first
names of friends and relatives on occasion. Most often though I use names
of soap opera characters, sometimes with last names swapped around. If
the user doesn't recognize the names, at least they won't be bored with
the "John Smith, Mary Jones..." cliches. If they do recognize them,
they're bound to get a chuckle out of their use.