Thursday, January 25, 2007

It Wasn't a Pauling, It Was a Pawling

Brian Pauling found out in eighth grade that someone at his school shared his name. He'd asked his mother to drop off some food for him, and five minutes later heard his name called over the P.A. system.

"They asked me if I was Brian Pauling and I said yes, and they gave me two big bags of candy," said Pauling. "I brought it back to my team and we started eating all of it. I got recalled down to the office and they said, You're not Bryan Pawling.'"

It wasn't until his freshman year that Pauling met the other Bryan Pawling and told him about the candy. [Link]
According to Brian's uncle, the Paulings and the Pawlings are two branches of the same family that split over their differing views on slavery. After this candy incident, it's unlikely that the branches will ever reconcile.

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