It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly a cry rang out, and on a hot summer night in 1954, Josephine, wife of Carl Bruce, gave birth to a boy—me. Unfortunately, this young married couple allowed Reuben Saturday, Josephine’s brother, to name their first-born. Reuben, aka “The Joker,” decided that Bruce was a nice name, so he decided to name me Bruce Bruce. I have gone by my middle name—David—ever since.
Being named Bruce David Bruce hasn’t been all bad. Bank tellers remember me very quickly, so I don’t often have to show an ID. It can be fun in charades, also. When I was a counselor as a teenager at Camp Echoing Hills in Warsaw, Ohio, a fellow counselor gave the signs for “sounds like” and “two words,” then she pointed to a bruise on her leg twice. Bruise Bruise? Oh yeah, Bruce Bruce is the answer!
Uncle Reuben, by the way, gave me a haircut when I was in kindergarten. He cut my hair short and shaved a small bald spot on the back of my head. My mother wouldn’t let me go to school until the bald spot grew out again.
Of all my brothers and sisters (six in all), I am the only transplant to Athens, Ohio. I was born in Newark, Ohio, and have lived all around Southeastern Ohio. However, I moved to Athens to go to Ohio University and have never left.
At Ohio U, I never could make up my mind whether to major in English or Philosophy, so I got a bachelor’s degree with a double major in both areas, then I added a master’s degree in English and a master’s degree in Philosophy.
Currently, and for a long time to come (I eat fruits and vegetables), I am spending my retirement writing books such as Nadia Comaneci: Perfect 10, The Funniest People in Dance, Homer’s Iliad: A Retelling in Prose, and William Shakespeare’s Macbeth: A Retelling in Prose.
If all goes well, I will publish one or two books a year for the rest of my life. (On the other hand, a good way to make God laugh is to tell Her your plans.)
If anyone has a problem with a reposting or my use of a photograph, please leave a comment and tell me about it.
I assume these things:
• Cosplayers want to be seen, especially those who allow their photos to be downloaded.
• Everyone wants Good Samaritans to get credit for their good deeds, and a blog post about a Good Samaritan is a good way to do that.
• People who post images on Imgur want to share them with the world.
• Credit must be given where credit is due. (I definitely try to do this. It is possible, however, that although I proofread, I may make a mistake and write “photo” instead of “photos.”)
Some things are fair use, of course. For example, a web search engine may use thumbnails of paragraphs or other images. See
What is and is not fair use is often a grey area instead of black and white.
Photographs do add information to a story; for example, they add information about skin color. Readers can’t tell the skin color of a person from the person’s name, and it is not always obvious what a person’s ethnicity or background is. Black people from England get tired of being called African-Americans.
However, ethics and courtesy are important. If a photographer wants a photograph taken off this blog, that certainly counts for a lot. I would take the photograph off this blog.
Here is some information about Fair Use:
§ 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use Release date: 2004-04-30
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(4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.
Source of Fair Use information: <http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/107>.
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