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I wonder if the naming of "frequent patrons" happens at every library. The name of Poetry Man reminded me of two we had at the public library where I worked previously: Northern Man (had a New York accent which stood out to the ears of us Southerners)and Dictionary Man (called for spellings and definitions before yelling incoherent strings of words and numbers and hanging up). Another was Crazy Christian Man who called for general information but would often tell us to tear the pages out of our phone books that had listings for abortion counseling and clinics. He would also ask personal questions about if we'd been to church or to a Christian student center.

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