Monday, January 28, 2013

Here we go Loop De Loop

On January 10, 2013, Jacob Joseph “Jack” Lew was nominated by President Obama to be the replacement for retiring Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. He has served in a variety of roles in both the Clinton and Obama administrations. Most recently, he was the White House Chief of Staff until January 25, 2013.

He seems to be qualified for his new position, but still needs to be confirmed by members of Congress. One source of concern about him, though, is one that doesn’t come up often when discussing nominees for government positions:

His signature.

When I first saw a picture of his signature, my first thoughts were of a song that was first released 50 years ago, and performed by a singer (Gil Hamilton) who used the stage name of Johnny Thunder. Shortly after its release, the song rose to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1963. Even though Gil in now 80 years old, he still performs on a regular basis:

Loop De Loop

Jack Lew’s signature has been compared to the icing on the top of a Hostess cupcake, and I have to admit that there IS a resemblance:

The fact that his signature could wind up on ALL of our paper money is a concern for some folks. If he actually gets confirmed, he has promised President Obama that he will make at least one letter of his signature legible.

His signature has become an internet sensation, and Yahoo! got into the action recently with a Jack Lew Signature Generator. To see what YOUR NAME would look like if Jack Lew signed it, the link to the generator is listed below:

looks like chicken scratchin’ to me

His signature actually brings up a broader question. What DOES our handwriting say about us, and is it even still important today, even view of the fact that most of us communicate by typing on some type of keyboard ?

Believe it or not, schools STILL teach cursive today, but it’s largely limited only to the third grade, and it’s not likely to expand beyond that.

If you Googled “handwriting analysis”, you’ll discover that you’ll get 2,800,000 results (in .18 seconds) so apparently it’s a topic that many people still feel is important. I’ve never had my handwriting analyzed, nor do I plan to do so, but it WOULD be interesting to find out what my handwriting says about my personality.

Even though few us use handwriting on our jobs anymore, we all know that if “the handwriting is on the wall” you’re probably going to be thrown for a loop - and that’s been true for a long, long time.

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