Pull Down Thy Vanity
posted by Alan Greenblatt Back in his days as a stand-up comedian, Woody Allen had a routine about how he'd learned to type. He simply ...
Back in his days as a stand-up comedian, Woody Allen had a routine about how he'd learned to type. He simply memorized the typewriter. The top line, he said, was "kwerty-you-ee-op," the middle "as-duh-fug-a-jeckyl," and the bottom "zux-fub-num."
That's about how people approach license plates, I think. You see an accident or an aggressive driver and quickly try to write down unmemorable clusters like ZRP 432 or HFI 771.
But in Chicago, police were able to nab a man who allegedly hit and killed a 4-year-old girl and then fled the scene. As the Sun-Times reports, the man's distinctive "OCEAN21" license plate caught the eye of a witness.
p.s. A free issue of Governing to anyone who can name the poet who provided me with the headline. No Googling, please.