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March 5, 2021
In 1982, I was dating this kid named Norman, and my dad insisted on calling him Norton, even though he knew that wasn't his name. I can't remember if it rankled Norman, and I can't remember if it annoyed me. I wonder if now, almost 40 years later, Norman, if he ever hears the word "Norton", as a name or associated with computer virus protection, feels a little twinge, like the most mild of electrical shocks, somewhere in his brain and wonders why and remembers himself sporting a baseball cap and an unfortunate quasi-caterpillar mustache that obscured his handsome face.