The Plateful Dead 3

     Almost every trip to a local store will bring us into contact with vehicles bearing vanity plates. While most drivers are pondering over what the combination of seven letters and/or numbers mean, my thoughts are far away as I ruminate about the famous folks no longer with us. Surely in some aery realm the status-conscious who reached earthly heights must be navigating from cloud to cloud or sphere to sphere bearing a badge of identification fore and aft. Look up instead of down and see more plates coming into view right now…

Humphrey Bogart: BOGYMAN

Andy Devine: JINGLES

Edmund Gwenn: KRINGLE

Dave Brubeck: TAKE 5

Bobby Darin: MACKNFE

Dobie Gray: INCROWD

William Boyd: HOPPY

Franklin Pangborn: FOPPY

Henry Fonda: 12ANGMN

Richard Boone: HAVEGUN

Jerry Colonna: HAVEFUN

John Stewart: LSTNSUN

Peter Finch: MADASH

Ed Sullivan: BIGSHOE

George Jones: NO-SHOW

Gene Barry: BATMAST

Marilyn Monroe: EYEFUL

Chuck Connors: RIFLMAN

Carroll O’Connor: STFLMAN

Ronald Colman: DOUBLIF

Errol Flynn: GENTJIM

Babe Ruth: SULTAN

Beverly Garland: DECOY

Joan Crawford: MILPIRC

Eleanor Parker: CAGED

Jack E. Leonard: NSULTIN

Rudolph Nureyev: LEAPER

Rondo Hatton: CREEPER

Wally Cox: PEEPERS

Michael Landon: LITLJOE

Lorne Greene: BENCART

Michael Rennie: KLAATU

Ethel Merman: URTHTOP

Betty Hutton: HAD2BU

Tom Laughlin: BILYJAC

Ginger Rogers: KITFOYL

Allison Hayes: 50FOOTR

Red Grange: 77GHOST

Walter Payton: 34SWEET

Alan Lane: MR ED

Rudy Vallee: MYTIME

Al Capone: MYCRIME

Isaac Asimov: IROBOT

James Sears: I&ROBUK

Paul Newman: COOLUKE

Peggy Lee: MANANA

David Janssen: FUGITIV

Neil Armstrong: 1SMSTP

Jim Croce: DONTMES

Oliver Hardy: FINEMES

James Arness: MDILLON

Buddy Ebsen: DOGGIES

Bettie Page: UNDYGAL

Frank Morgan: WIZARD

Maria Ouspenskaya: WIZENED

Craig Stevens: BIGGUNN

Jack Paar: KIDUNOT

Duke Ellington: SATNDOL

Raymond Burr: PMASON

Alan Reed: YABADAB

Gale Storm: LILMARG

Dale Hawkins: SUZIE Q

George Gershwin: RHAPBLU

Richard Widmark: UKNOUDO

Tom Ewell: 7YRITCH

Susan Hayward: WNT2LIV

Charles Bronson: DETHWSH

Veronica Lake: PEEKABO

Jerry Reed: YURHOT

Ben Gazzara: RUN4LIF

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