FROM THE BRIDGE

In­tro­duc­tions go a long way to­ward jog­ging the mem­ory banks

Marlin - - CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS - BY CAPT. SK IP SMITH

Some boats we name af­ter the wife or kids. Oth­ers we name af­ter a “reel” thing in our lives, and there are more than a few puns too. Take the world-fa­mous

Chunda, the name of Ste­wart Camp­bell’s boats: “chunda” is Aussie slang for puk­ing. Jerry Du­n­away saw The Hooker on a boat in Aus­tralia and called the owner to ask if he could use it on his own boat back in Texas. Jerry was in the TV-and-ap­pli­ance rental busi­ness; he just liked the name, mean­ing to hook fish, but the girl logo meant some­thing else en­tirely.

There was a boat in Fort Laud­erdale, Florida, when I was young called Upyrs II that I thought was a good one. Wet

Dream was the No. 1 name for a boat a few years ago, ac­cord­ing to BoatUS. Then there are names like Sun­day Money

— Dale Earn­hardt’s boat — that every­one rec­og­nizes for the owner’s celebrity sta­tus.

Most all boats have the man­u­fac­turer’s name on the side and then a name on the tran­som. It helps jog our mem­ory to dis­tin­guish who built the boat, and from there, most of the time we can re­mem­ber the cap­tain, the crew and the owner’s names. Car mod­els come up with some re­ally strange names too. Then there are build­ings with fancy names, streets with peo­ple’s names and sta­di­ums with cor­po­rate names.

Ev­ery­thing seems to get a name — fish­ing reels, lures and even knots and tech­niques. Peo­ple love to name things af­ter them­selves.

At my tour­na­ments, I get to meet so many peo­ple for one time each year, and I try my best to re­mem­ber every­one’s name. But when I see the same per­son 12 months later, my mem­ory fails me with so many great peo­ple I come across. I re­ally want to greet each per­son by their name, whether I see them at a tour­na­ment, a boat show, on the docks or even in the aisles at the gro­cery store.

Charles Perry and I were walk­ing down the docks dur­ing the White Marlin Open, and each time we saw some­one we rec­og­nized, we would first ask each other what their name was. Once we met them, we would tell them our names, hop­ing the other per­son would do the same.

Each time, they would say, “Yep, I know you guys,” and start talk­ing about the fish­ing. We de­cided we needed to get some T-shirts made that read, “We are old. Please rein­tro­duce your­self.” The same thing hap­pens walk­ing a boat show or other trade event.

Ac­cord­ing to au­thor Dale Carnegie, a per­son’s name is, to them, the sweet­est and most im­por­tant sound in any lan­guage. That’s from his best­seller How to Win Friends and In­flu­ence Peo­ple. Years ago, I was told it was the sec­ondbest-sell­ing book in the world (this was long be­fore Harry Pot­ter). I rec­om­mend that all of us who deal with the pub­lic read this book. And you will al­ways re­mem­ber that peo­ple like to hear their name.

Go­ing to par­ties where they give you a name tag at the door helps, but most of the time the font is so small, you see every­one squint­ing to read your name while star­ing at your chest. This does not go over too well when look­ing for your friend’s wife’s name, star­ing and squint­ing at her chest. So if you throw an event, please make the font big­ger so we can ac­tu­ally read it.

And if you see CP or some of us older guys on the docks at a fish­ing tour­na­ment or boat show, please rein­tro­duce your­self first be­fore we start talk­ing about fish­ing. It will help us re­mem­ber you and the sto­ries that we shared to­gether, rather than try­ing to re­mem­ber where we know you from.

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