What’s in a Name?……..and other stuff


Some musings on Shakespeare’s comment:






12919734_1163598380325570_9078203408902351059_n*Subdivisions are often named after the wildlife and fauna destroyed to create them.









*Some weapons systems are named after indigenous people who were chased off their land.








Casmir Pulaski




*Many cities are named after people who were never there, and probably wouldn’t go there were they still alive and given a choice.



13340194_10153753932361902_5653731642887239703_o*Rhode Island is not an island.







14633734_1666996846944421_3038250283362679281_o*Since Columbus thought he landed in China in 1492, why aren’t the Indians called Chinese?






14359089_117910782000856_8094636663057360116_n*If Amerigo Vespucci had been named Roberto Vespucci, we would be called Bobbicans?







Demetrius Campolo




Jenny Campolo

*My paternal grandfather, Demetrius Campolo, was by all accounts, a tough character to live with and an even tougher character to like. He died the year I was born, but over the years, stories of his antics have rose to the surface.  My grandmother Jenny, his long suffering wife, apparently got some modem of revenge when he passed. She never cared for his given name and always called him Dominic, despite the fact that calling him Dominic brought her additional grief; a commodity which she and her fourteen children already had a surplus of. (largely thanks to Demetrius) … Nevertheless, after the passing of Demetrius, Grandma Jenny had “Dominic Campolo” inscribed on his tombstone……an act of defiance with an immortal flavor. Well played Grandma!



13692845_588627831318865_2686528488835978337_o*When I was in Vietnam, the Vietnamese would often point to the name tag on my uniform and make a rocket sound, while pointing their finger toward the sky. The Apollo space program was still in play and they apparently thought their was enough similarity in Apollo and Campolo to make the connection. Sometimes the Vietnamese were a hoot.




There is no stronger advocate for Democracy than a country who has been under Communist, Fascist, Nazi or Monarch rule for any length of time. However that democracy must be nurtured,  protected, watched over and scrutinized…..lest the scoundrels have their way.



They were driven off of their land and laid waste with pestilence…. after which they were taught religion; so they could save themselves.






U.S. Marine stands with Vietnamese children as they watch their house burn after an Allied patrol set it ablaze after finding communist AK-47 ammunition, Jan. 13, 1971. Patrol made up of U.S. Marines and South Vietnamese popular forces searched the village, 25 miles south of Da Nang. (AP Photo) Joe’s note: Winning the hearts and minds? In my opinion this practice was one reason the war went bad. I never understood the logic behind this type of activity.


“Yes, very sensible… People die of common sense, Dorian, one lost moment at a time. Life is a moment. There is no hereafter. So make it burn always with the hardest flame.”
― Oscar Wilde; The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.”
― Wilde


Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes. ~Voltaire






A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. ~Mark Twain


The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them. ~Twain












Anyone who has ever taken a shower has had a great idea. ~Nolan Bushnell


The past is something that’s already happened and can never be changed. At some point, you have to give up whatever resentment you have towards people, circumstances, and experiences from your past. Otherwise, your future starts to look an awful lot like your past. ~Srinivas Rao



More to follow….




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Joe Campolo Jr.

Joe Campolo Jr.

Joe Campolo, Jr. is an award winning author, poet and public speaker. A Vietnam War Veteran, Joe writes and speaks about the war, and is a Veteran's advocate. Some of Joe's stories are gripping, some humorous. Joe also writes about other experiences, many of which are also humorous. Joe enjoys fishing, traveling, writing and spending time with his family. Joe loves to hear from his readers, please send him a note on this page or the contact page!

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