Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2002 09:25:29 -0500

Author: Sean Lally

Subject: Re: Galileo Galilei


Galileo's father was quite well-known for his musicianship during his
lifetime. Perhaps Galileo was remembered (during his lifetime) by his first
name to distinguish him from his famous contemporary father.

Paul Nord wrote:

> It's strange how history treats names. Evil villains are often
> remembered with their full name: John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald,
> William Jefferson Clinton.

Ha! But you didn't mention George Walker Bush in that list..... well, I'm
sure history will see to that.