Point & Click
Here we go again.It was bad enough when the movie “Carrie” came out in 1976, during my sophomore year in high school.You remember “Carrie” – the Stephen King horror flick about a creepy bug-eyed high school girl played by Sissy Spacek who goes psycho during her prom night, demolishing her school and everyone in it. Great. Yeah. Not only did I get to experience the wild roller coaster ride of young womanhood when “Carrie” came out – I was lucky enough to share the same name as Stephen King’s wack-o central character. With a tagline of “If You’ve Got a Taste for Terror … Take Carrie to the Prom,” you can only imagine how many sarcastic prom-date offers I got that year. Oh yeah. Ha. Ha. Ha. Yuck. Yuck. Yuck. I thought all that was behind me until I recently saw previews of a new movie coming out June 23 called – drum roll please – “Click.” Obviously, like the movie “Carrie,” this film has absolutely nothing to do with me or anyone in my family – immediate, distant or otherwise – but I can’t help but feel a bit protective about seeing our last name all over the TV, in posters, and in magazines and newspapers. Fortunately, the “Click” movie tagline – “This Summer Everything Will Click” isn’t horrifying like the “Carrie” tagline was, but you gotta admit, it’s a little odd that not one, but two, movies share my first and last names. I always thought my name was pretty original. I know they’re out there, but I have yet to meet another Carrie Click. Carrie isn’t a hugely common name, and neither is Click. But now “Carrie” and “Click” are immortalized in film. Weird. Like me, my dad – rest his sweet soul – felt pretty territorial about our last name. During the ’80s, as personal-computer use took off, so did the use of the word “click” (as in “point and click” and “click here”). So Dad actually tried, in vain, to trademark the word “Click,” like “Laundromat,” “Pilates” and “Kleenex.” It didn’t take. I’ve decided that I might as well take advantage of my names’ unintended popularity. I’m scouting around for two movie posters – one of “Carrie” and the other of “Click.” Framed and hanging side by side, I’ll have quite the original wall name tag.Carrie Click is the editor and general manager of The Citizen Telegram (citizentelegram.com) in Rifle. She’s thankful she can still fall back on her married name, which has yet to be taken by Hollywood. And by the way, in other name news, Carrie got a confirmation from a reader regarding her June 10 column about Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo should be referred to as Leonardo, and not by his last name, as he is in a popular book and movie. Vinci is the town Leonardo was from. Carrie can be reached at email@example.com, 625-3245, ext. 101.
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