[Dixielandjazz] Fame

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Wed Feb 26 14:19:31 PST 2003

In a message dated 26/02/03 17:21:54 GMT Standard Time, stridepiano at tesco.net 

> Fame, like pregnancy, is an absolute condition 

Sorry John, I dont think that statement is tenable. To make that stick you 
would have to apply `famous` only to someone who is known to everyone in the 
world. Clearly not possible.
What is generally assumed is `famous within a certain group`. Some of those 
groups will be larger than others so there are  different degrees of fame 
involved. Therefore `fame` cannot be an absolute. 
I would certainly agree that there are many purportedly `famous` people these 
days who do not deserve the accolade, indeed I am constantly amazed by the 
lists of famous people which appear in the news  of whom I have never heard.

Now Stanley Matthews was famous!


PatL (World famous down our street)
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