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“Luke, I am your television.”

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

By Tiber

I’ve already talked about how I got my first name because my parents were visiting Rome. But I’ve never said how I got my middle names which are Luke and Philo.

Dad still claims that right before I was born, he was reading the Bible and he was especially struck by the wisdom in the gospel of Luke. Yeah, right. We all know he was becoming obsessed with “Star Wars” and just doesn’t want to admit it.

Later, when everybody started yammering the line, “Luke, I am your father,” well, that was a never-ending bonus for him.

My “Philo” middle name is in honor of Philo T. Farnsworth, who sounds like a cartoon character but is actually the real-life inventor of the television. He came out of nowhere and then he invented this extraordinary thing.

When I was little, Dad told me that my having that same name was going to inspire me to become someone who would also invent something fun, that would be in homes all over the world.

Evidently I responded, “You mean, like the man who invented the cat?”

I think Dad realized right then that not only would I not be inventing the next stage of television, I’d be lucky if I could even figure out how to turn it on.