Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Let Stan Be Stan and Not Bob - and Vice Versa ; REFLECTIONS

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Let Stan Be Stan and Not Bob - and Vice Versa ; REFLECTIONS

Article excerpt

About thirty years ago, I wrote a column about being mistaken for Bob Pigman, hoping that writing about it would somehow help end the confusion. Little did I know, it was just the beginning.

At the time, we were both prosecutors. He was the elected prosecutor. I was a deputy. My complaint then was, I was always being mistaken for him, but never the other way around. While I didn't like it, given that he was a public official and clearly better known, it made sense that more people would mistake me for him than vice versa.

That was 30 years ago, and despite my getting elected to public office, appearing on TV periodically and writing this column, the disparity has not improved. If anything, it's become worse.

Last week, at Judge Shively's swearing-in, I was greeted by a photographer.

"Hi, Bob."

"I'm not Bob."

"Robert, then."

In what has become a mantra of sorts for me, I replied, "I am not Bob Pigman."

Need I say, I know this photographer. He knows me. I've hired him on numerous occasions. And he does not know Bob.

I sat down next to a guy who looked familiar. He introduced himself and explained how he knew me. "We used to run in races together," he explained.

When the ceremony was over, he said, "It was good to see you, Bob."

"I am not Bob Pigman."

Is it necessary to add that Bob did not run in any races with him and that during the ceremony the real Bob Pigman was introduced to the audience as an attending judge?

I wish I could say it surprised me. Two separate times, Bob and I have been eating lunch together and I was approached by a stranger calling me

"Bob." I had to point out that the real article was sitting at the table next to me. Recently, when we were at lunch, a waitress mistakenly referred to me as "Judge." I asked if she thought we looked alike. She replied that she thought we were twins. …

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