Today I read in a brochure on skin safety that the WebMD Medical Editor-in-Chief is none other than Michael W. Smith.

My first thought was, “Wow, have Michael W. Smith’s record sales really dropped off that much that he is moonlighting at WebMD?”

Then I thought, I wonder if Michael W. Smith writes his brochures in lyric style, leaving his assistant to translate them into narrative form? You know, to the tune of “Friends Are Friends Forever”:

Make a habit of reading labels,
Of any product for your skin.
Try to avoid harsh dyes and fragrance,
Such as methyl paraben…

See what I mean? I bet I could go all through this brochure and set it to the Casio-tracks of Michael W. Smith’s hey day back in the 1908s/1990s.

Of course, I don’t mean any disrespect to MWS, whose music I really really really liked in 4th-6th grades.

And of course I don’t really think that the MWS who edits WebMD is the same MWS who writes cheesy Christian pop music. The coincidence does, however, raise an interesting question:

If your name was also the name of a famous or semi-famous person, would you go by something different?

It’s like the bit in the movie “Office Space” when the character Michael Bolton says he shouldn’t have to go by Mike because he had his name before the cheesy singer Michael Bolton came on the scene.

I don’t know, I guess if it were me, I’d pick a nickname. What Would You Do?

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