ARGENTINA: A Name of One's Own

In Buenos Aires, Harold Mickey, a bandleader from Winston-Salem, N.C., fathered twin sons. Next day he called at the local bureau of vital statistics to register the boys. He had named one Glen (for an old friend), the other Franklin (for Franklin Roosevelt).

Said the Argentine official: "Impossible. All children born in Argentina must be named for saints. Here is the list." It included Francisco, Domingo, Lorenzo, Pedro, MarÍa, Jesúus, Guillermo, etc., but no Glen or Franklin.*

Mickey insisted, finally took the case to court. The lower courts supported him, but the bureau of vital statistics demanded a higher verdict. Last...

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