RUSH: This is Matt in Woodlake, California. You’re next, Open Line Friday on Wednesday. Hello.
CALLER: Rush, dittos from the home of Pat Hill and the Fresno State Bulldogs. I got to tell you, from the original Rush Baby. I was homeschooled from second grade to eighth grade, and I listened to you three hours a day for my formal education, and —
RUSH: Now, you don’t know, you just don’t know how many light years ahead of people your age who went public school you are.
CALLER: I got a pretty good clue. I got a degree and taught for awhile, so I got a very good idea.
CALLER: You came out once to Fresno on a Rush to Excellence Tour and I was too young to go. My dad said you wouldn’t allow crumb crunchers to go so I’m hoping to come back someday. My point for calling —
RUSH: Wait a second. I never kept crumb crunchers out of these things. There were crumb crunchers all over the Rush to Excellence Tours.
CALLER: Well, maybe dad didn’t want me to go.
RUSH: Your dad had probably heard me call about, just like the previous caller, the All American First Cavalry Amazon Battalion, which is nothing more than a bunch of women soldiers on PMS, or your dad probably heard me demonstrate safe talk by putting a condom on a microphone, and he probably decided this might not be for his son.
CALLER: Well, I still have a certified Dittohead shirt from all those years ago, I kept.
CALLER: But my reason of calling is on Saturday we had at 8:31 in the morning, me and my wife had our first baby, and we named him Rush McGovern (ph).
RUSH: You’re kidding.
CALLER: I’m not kidding. Well, his name is Thomas Rush McGovern (ph), but we’re calling him ‘Rush.’
RUSH: Oh, man, can you imagine this? There’s a McGovern —
CALLER: No! No! No! No, Rush.
RUSH: A McGovern with the name Rush! Oh!
CALLER: Rush, our last name is spelled M-c-G-o-v-r-A-n.
RUSH: It doesn’t matter.
CALLER: (laughing) I’ve put up with it for years.
RUSH: I thought you said McGovern.
RUSH: Well, I want to thank you, sir. I am truly, truly honored. Most people name their dogs after me.
CALLER: No, no, this is an important one. My wife’s even on board.
RUSH: Even your wife. Was it a struggle?
CALLER: Oh, no. I don’t know. She went along with it. She knows me. We signed the birth certificate and all, though. It’s official. He’s got his name on his little thing in the hospital right now says ‘Rush.’
RUSH: God bless your son.
CALLER: And God bless you, Rush.
RUSH: Thanks Matt, oops, we just lost him. Sounded like a cell phone connection that went south. Did I mispronounce his name, was it not McGovern? It’s McGovern but he spells it a different way, doesn’t matter. Rush McGovran. The left — ha-ha-ha-ha — watch the kid grow up to be a hippie.