Keith Fitzsimmons – Cub Reporter – KASFAA Blog

All the news that fits…we print.

As Juliet Capulet asked Romeo Montague, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”  so we ask about our association newsletter: How do you think the name Oz-Sociated Press came about?

Back in the early 1990’s Sara Honcek was working for Billie Jo Hamilton in the KU Med Center Financial Aid Office. Sara was the editor of the cleverly named “KASFAA Newsletter”. Sara’s son had just been born and the newsletter would  always have a picture or two of the new baby. One of the pictures had a Wizard of Oz background so naturally a Land of Oz theme came to Sara’s mind. There was some reference to an article from the Associated Press about that same time. So Sara put her ever-active mind into high gear and the two phrases were blended into OZ-Sociated Press.

When pressed, Honeck said, “He was just so cute, and there it was just right there in front of me”.

An inside source tells this reporter that Sara either misspoke or had a typo with Associated Press and it came out Oz-Sociated Press.

Call it what you want, the second version, like the rose, has a sweet twist to it.

So now you know.

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