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"Modified" road sign on Route 31. (Craig Allen photo)

Some (angry and creative) driver modified this Lawrence Township sign so that it would more accurately describe the intesection…and I laughed when I noticed!  It reminded me of this:

"The Artist Formerly Known As Prince" (Craig Allen photo)

Alright…now that I’ve lined them up, they’re not that similiar.  Hmmm…I don’t think that Big Joe Henry was playing “1999” as I was passing the new-and-improved-sign for the first time…

In the early 1990s, Prince “changed” his name to the above, unpronouncable, “love symbol,” a combination of the male/female symbols. And, he immediately rushed out several albums, to satisfy his contract with the record label that he wanted to leave. In 200o, Prince Rogers Nelson, “The Artist Formerly Known As Prince,” removed the “formerly” part.

I’ve told this story once or twice on the air on New Jersey 101.5: In 1984, at the height of Prince’s record and film power (“Purple Rain”), my college roommate was from Minneapolis-St.Paul, Prince’s hometown.  While I was cleaning schools as my summer job (I still have killer floor mop and floor buffer skills, BTW), he was working at the city’s big multi-plex movie theatre. Prince would occasionally show up (in a limo)  for a movie, and he’d always try to jump the line!  As my roomie and the other ushers would call him out on it, he’d say: “But, I’m PRINCE!” And, they’d grab him by the arm, saying: “Who cares! Go to the end of the line!” 


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"The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" (#3/1994). Notice the symbol on the left. Sorry, Prince BLOCKS on-line use of his music. (Craig Allen photo)

Hmmm…Craig Allen and Prince…one degree of separation.  And by alot of miles and years, now…

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