Groovy Nipples is sweeping the nation! Really. Approximately 800 people have read this story, I've gotten a bunch of new additions to the list, and today I got this email:
Read your list of names. I know Groovy. And Freakus. There is also Merry Apple and Sophia Cream. Their dad was the famous "Vito" who appeared on the Gong Show with his performance art troupe "Free Store." He also created the statue of "Chief Kotate, dancing on the nipple of Mother Earth," which stand in the middle of our town. We all live/ lived in Cotati, CA, from 70's to present. These are real names, real people.
This is the greatest use of the internet I could ever have imagined. The "Groovy Nipples" game has spanned the globe, returning to me greater and more powerful than when it left.
Since I now know she's a real person, I hope Groovy takes this whole thing in the spirit in which it's intended. I think I would be flattered if a whole social phenomenon were called "The Lori Culwell." Maybe Vito himself will even post something. I can't wait.
Note>> I'm working on a piece based on "The Groovy Schwartzman" for a radio show. If you know anyone with a weird name who wants to be interviwed on the impact of their name on the rest of their life, please let me know!