I once told Connie Chung I could probably retire if I had a dollar for every time someone called me, “Connie”. For a while, I gave up on correcting people. I mean, what a compliment — she’s a TV news legend! Connie laughed when I told her that whenever people said “Hi, Connie!”, I would just smile and reply “Maury says hello!”
But c’mon, everyone deserves a closer look and to be known as individuals. You’d think single-syllable Chinese surnames would be easy to keep straight. Why do so many people have trouble telling those of us on television newscasts apart? After 8 years working in Chicago, it doesn’t happen as often. But once in awhile, I’m called “Linda” or “Joanie” or some mangled version of our first and last names.
Earlier this week while covering a story in suburban Chicago, a man asked, “What are you? Are you Chinese?” When I answered yes, he asked, “I have a friend in Taiwan. Maybe you know her?” Are you kidding?!?! And then he was compelled to tell me, “My son lives north of Seoul.” Uh, that’s in another country and I’m not Korean. But I do appreciate that he was trying to connect with me and my heritage.
Perhaps this is all pretty trivial given our hectic times and the perilous state of television news. So please keep watching Fox Chicago and all other news sources. Appreciate the messenger. You know, ol’ what’s-her-name!