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ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER FINALLY SPELLS HIS OWN NAME WITHOUT LOOKING
October 31 2009
Sacramento, CA – There are few stories like the story that is the life of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Born in a very small Austrian town to a police chief father and homemaker mother, young Arnold grew up to be the greatest body builder ever, for a
time the biggest movie star on the planet, married into an American dynasty, and eventually became Governor of one of the biggest economies on the planet. All that and his story is still not finished with likely still a few more years of incredible accomplishments on the horizon.
Despite all those accomplishments and having the world at his feet more than once there was still something that Schwarzenegger found an embarrassing challenge, something he has finally been able to overcome. The Governor announced on Friday that he has finally remembered how to spell his own last name without using cheat sheets, something he has been doing since first learning to write. Schwarzenegger has apparently been spending a great deal of time, and his own personal time with a memory tutor, in an effort to finally nail down the spelling so that he can pass it down to his children, something his own father was not able to do for him and his brother.
“This is a very satisfying thing for me. For many years I have struggled with this, been embarrassed when having to fill out forms, but now I do not have to be. I have been able to successfully spell out my name multiple times over the last few weeks and I now feel confident in proclaiming that I can do it at will,” said Schwarzenegger at the news conference. “I have, as has Maria, always been a great supporter of literacy. Unfortunately, I had this private shame but my weakness should be inspiration to others, that they too can overcome the difficulties of illiteracy. This is a gift to the children of California as well as to my own children who are currently learning how to spell their names with the same teacher who helped me. Of everything I have accomplished in life, this is my proudest moment.”
The governor did state that his older children, Katherine and Christina, were less than enthusiastic about learning the correct spelling owing to the fact that they planned on changing their names should they marry in the future. His two younger children, Patrick and Christopher, have been receiving intensive lessons.
“What’s really inspiring here is that he has accomplished so much yet something as simple as spelling his own name has been so perplexing. That is really an inspiring story for many people and really just adds to the legend of Arnold Schwarzenegger for people both inside and outside the United States,” said Scrape TV Entertainment analyst Tracey Temple. “So many people take writing one’s own name as matter-of-fact but we now see that spelling difficulties can happen to all people no matter who they are or their station in life. Hopefully this will inspire others with difficult names to abandon the crib sheets and really learn their name.”
Schwarzenegger also noted that his difficulty was in part a result of years of signing autographs which does not require precise spelling in all instances.
“Literacy is a problem all across the United States and throughout the world. Schwarzenegger is a global figure and his struggles, and triumph, should prove inspiration for millions struggling with complex or unusual names. True, not everyone will be as successful as the Governor but if even a few end up spelling their name correctly he will have won a great victory. “It’s also gratifying to know that he will be able to pass this down to his children. That must give a great deal of personal satisfaction to him and his family that they will all potentially be able to pass this wonderful legacy down to their children and beyond.”
Schwarzenegger stated that his biggest challenge was remembering whether or not the name had two ‘n’s’ or two ‘g’s’.