I had fun the other day trying the NYT’s Chronicle tool, which visualizes the paper’s use of words over time. At a certain point, my usual fascinating with other people who have my name took over. Apparently, showings of Patrick Coopers have been infrequent in the Gray Lady’s history. When we have appeared, the news hasn’t been good. Or hasn’t been good for long.
The entire history of Patrick Coopers in The New York Times:
February 24, 1864. “SERIOUS MARINE DISASTER: WRECK OF THE STEAMSHIP BOHEMIAN. NINETEEN LIVES LOST.” Steerage passenger Patrick Cooper is among the survivors. But this is pretty awful.
October 14, 1934. “GAS FROM AUTO KILLS JERSEY POSTMASTER.” Patrick Cooper, “a barber who rents part of the garage,” finds the body.
March 23, 1961. “Sir Patrick Ashley Cooper, formerly director of the Bank of England and governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company, died at sea yesterday, it was announced here today.”
October 22, 1989. Receiver Patrick Cooper receives a touchdown pass from Andre Ware as the Houston Cougars beat Southern Methodist, 95-21. The game set many records. But wait for it…
December 3, 1989. “Juin Rachele Cooper, a former Max Factor executive, and her husband, Patrick D. Cooper — natives of Jamaica in their 40′s — unveiled a line of 157 items at Saks Fifth Avenue and other stores in 1986. Sales topped $1 million in three months. Patrick Cooper now thinks that Rachele could not have picked a worse moment to begin.”
September 9, 1990. Two more TDs for Patrick Cooper. Wait for it…
August 20, 1991. The pro Houston Oilers waive Patrick Cooper.
April 25 and May 23, 2000. Two “dissidents” try to take seats on the board of Carver Bancorp. A man named Robert (shoutout to my brother) Patrick Cooper is general counsel for the bank, and he protests.
January 27, 2013. “Patrick Cooper, who compiled a list of ‘Awesome Horror Anthology Movies’ for the blog Topless Robot, said the form’s popularity comes down to the economy of a cheap thrill.” So, yeah.
March 26, 2014. In a running tracking of gun deaths in the USA: “Wayne Patrick Cooper, 36, a known gang member, was shot to death in an S.U.V. parked outside an apartment complex in Downey, Calif., early Tuesday.”
It’s not 100% bad news. In 1963, there were two notes of a Miss Windisch becoming engaging to and then marrying a Patrick Cooper. They had 50 years of marriage. All Patrick Coopers can hope to be that Patrick Cooper.