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Mysterious Ohio

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"Froholdt, 6-5, 275 pounds, is making his first trip back to the United States from Denmark after playing his sophomore season at Warren (Ohio) Harding High School as an exchange student."

That's an unusual placement of "Ohio," perhaps excused by the fact that the circumstances are unusual too. The high school in question is indeed in Warren, Ohio, but the school's full name is Warren G. Harding High School, after the president. Unless he went by the nickname "Ohio," and I don't believe he did, the name of the state should be moved — Warren G. Harding High School in Warren, Ohio. Something like that. Warren was not Harding's hometown, incidentally, but I guess they felt the town's name and the president's name belonged together. The G. stands for Gamaliel, by the way.

The writer of "Warren (Ohio)" may have been influenced by the many times he's seen a certain university referred to on the sports page as "Miami (Ohio)." That form of identification annoys the Ohio Miamians, who point out that not only is their school older than the one in Florida, it's older than the whole state of Florida.

I'm reminded of another Midwestern statesman, Sen. Everett Dirksen, who attended Pekin High School in Pekin, Ill. The Pekin football team was known for years as the Chinks. The name was changed around 1980, after protests were heard. Controversy continues over whether the name of the Washington Redskins should be changed. If Redskins is dropped, "Disruptors" would be an apt replacement, or "Dysfunctionals." "Defaulters" maybe, depending on how this mess plays out.

Douglas Young, M.D., of Conway writes:

"The headline for the Aug./Sept. 2013 issue of Medical News of Arkansas has the following headine: 'Physicians to be Incentivized to talk to Patients about Quitting Tobacco Use.' I thought you might be incentivized to write about this new? word." I'm sad to say I've seen it once or twice before. Anyone who uses it in my presence will be strongly incentivized not to. I might make an exception for somebody who's 6-5 and 275.

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