Does It Take ...
IF THIS SOUNDS LIKE THE START OF A
bad joke, please forgive Philadelphia
writer Leigh Deveres for filling in
the punch line.
For the last two years Deveres
has been receiving periodic but
regular bundles of mail intended
for the clerk of the Cook County
The most recent batch was delivered to her this summer. The clerk’s
office is housed in the 31-story landmark building known as the Richard
J. Daley Center in the heart of downtown Chicago. That’s Chicago, Ill.
Deveres lives in a three-story, single-family house in suburban Philadelphia. That’s Philadelphia, Pa.
So why is Deveres getting courthouse mail—including responses to
jury summonses—delivered to her?
A representative for the office of the
clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook
County also declined to comment.
But the best Deveres can figure is
that the two share a similar street
That’s where the similarities end.
Deveres lives on Washington Lane;
the Daley Center is located on
Washington Street. Still, she notes
without a hint of irony, “A lot of
people had to fall down for this to
Deveres says she brought the mix-up to the attention of the U.S. Postal
Service in Chicago, where a representative told her that it shouldn’t
be happening. A spokesman for the
USPS in Chicago said he could not
comment without first seeing the
Well, Deveres could mail it to
THE STAMP OF JUSTICE
Looking for that special something to jazz up your holiday cards?
How about the mugs of Associate Justices Joseph Story, Louis D. Brandeis, Felix
Frankfurter or William J. Brennan Jr.? This fall the United States Postal Service introduced a set of commemorative stamps honoring these justices. At 44 cents
each, it’s a small price to pay for justice.
M.E. Hart doesn’t mind if he’s become something of a joke on the Internet. It just
means that his message is getting out.
Hart, a lawyer, does corporate training for a Washington, D.C.-based strategic
management company. But he may be better known for his work as DP, the rapper
from cyberspace who bursts through computer monitors to warn of the dangers of
Hart first starred as
in the Software & Information Industry Association’s 1992 educational video, Don’t Copy
That Floppy. He reprised the role this year
for the follow-up video,
Don’t Copy That 2.
“The goal was to do
something that gets
people talking about
... the consequences of
their choices,” says
Hart, also a professional actor who has worked on stage and screen since the ’80s.
The 1992 video was sent to teachers nationwide as part of an educational campaign, but the DP character remained under the radar until 2005 when the video
was, well, copied, and put on YouTube. Hart became an Internet phenom.
“What was fascinating to me were the comments I got about the video,” he says.
“I even got a call from someone asking me if I knew I was on Wikipedia.”
None of that stopped Hart when the Software & Information Industry Association
asked him to do Don’t Copy That 2. Hart saw it as a challenge to reach kids in the digital age. “We had to change the message up—to make it, dare
I say, more threatening,” says the SIIA’s Keith Kupferschmid.
The new video flashes back to the original before ending
with a warning from 24-year-old Jeremiah Mondello, who is
serving time in a federal prison for selling pirated software.
—Stephanie Francis Ward and J.S.C.
DP DOES A DOUBLE TAKE
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