Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Spring 2018

The quarterly 27587 MAGAZINE is a must-read, in-you-hands publication that strives to give a deeper identity to rapidly growing Wake Forest, N.C. It highlights in-depth stories, targeting higher-income households.

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Spring 2018 13 the number jumped to 52. And who hasn't heard of George Washington Carver and William Jefferson Clinton. William Ferris knows something of the phenomena. "Presidential names are clearly a way to both acknowledge admiration for a president and also express hope that one's child may one day be president," said Ferris, the Joel R. Williamson eminent professor of history at UNC-Chapel Hill and senior associate director for the Center for Study of the American South. "That might have been the case when William Jefferson Clinton was given his second name." In the South, naming offspring among the African-American population sometimes carried special meaning. "In the case of black families who lived in the Jim Crow era when whites addressed blacks by their first name — regardless of their age — first names such as 'Mister' and "Judge" were given to children to force whites to use a term of respect when they used a black person's first name," Ferris said. As for Ben Franklin — the living — life with the famous name has been, well, interesting. Take the time he ran into a friend's young daughter. "Her eyes got about this big around," said Franklin, making an expression. Then the remark came: "I've never met a president before." Years ago, when he and his now wife, Lisa, were planning to get together with some NC State fraternity brothers and their girlfriends at a restaurant in Raleigh, Franklin phoned in the reservation. When they got there, he discovered something was amiss. The maître d', he said, had this greeting: "I'm sorry, we didn't make that reservation. We thought that was a joke." NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY WIKIPEDIA COMMONS The originals: Founding father Benjamin Franklin (1706-90) as seen by artist Joseph Duplessis in 1785. At right is a circa 1850 Matthew Brady portrait of congressional representative, senator, Secretary of State and legendary orator Daniel Webster (1782-1852).

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