Sunday, June 01, 2008

Consider the Bottom of This "Gotten To"

A little while ago, I received an email from Christopher Hatton. "Who's Christopher Hatton?" you might ask, if you were an uneducated Philistine. Christopher Hatton, of course, is, along with Ronald Moore, the co-writer of the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" episode entitled "Thine Own Self." The faithful reader[s?] of this particular site will remember that I have revealed this as the episode that gave popular culture the name "Jayden," which, to update those of you who didn't rush out and research it for yourselves the minute the data became available (and shame on you for not), has passed "Aiden" and is now the 18th most popular boys' name in America, and the most popular name in the "Aidan rhyming trend."

Mr. Hatton, whom I have not met but whose emails reveal him to be a delightful man, reports to us that, upon writing the "TNG" episode in question, he chose "Jayden" as Data's alias due to the fact that his friends had a seven-year-old son named "Jayden" (hereafter referred to as "Patient Zero") who was a big "Star Trek" fan (he tells me that Jayden's parents say they made the name up, or at least they thought they did). I think we can all agree that this gesture was extremely cool, but still, just about everything I wrote previously on this subject still stands.

All that remains to be said is that, according to Christopher Hatton himself, Patient Zero goes by "Jay" as an adult.

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