Give this WMC psychology professor a pen name: Mr. Hy Larious

October 24, 1994

Calling Mr. Yonnaire, Mr. Bill Yonnaire!

OK, so maybe Western Maryland College psychology professor Howard Orenstein won't become wealthy with his little book called "The Name Game." But then again, he is Mr. Time, that's Mr. Justin Time for the holidays.

In the tradition of knock-knock jokes and painful puns comes this work, concocted by Mr. Orenstein and four friends, subtitled, "Paging Mr. Catrazz . . . Mr. Al Catrazz."

There's a chapter for "People Likely to be Paged at the Diner," such as Ms. Bea Elltee, and "People Likely to be Paged at the Video Store," like Mr. Izzencane -- you know, Mr. Sid Izzencane.

The authors, writing under the name of their collective alter ego, Ms. Sue Donym, even include a bit of social commentary. Ms. Mae Kluvnotwarr came to Woodstock, but a Woodstock reunion attracted the likes of Ms. Elle Ellbean and her friends Mr. Lex Uss and Mr. Sal Yularphone.

Says Mr. Orenstein, who until now has published only scholarly papers under the name Sy Collegy: "I've always loved word games and just thinking about crazy anomalies of words and meanings."

He decided to parlay his brain-bending hobby into a book while visiting his friend Dr. Norman Stiles, who is best known for the characters he creates for the "Sesame Street" series, including Count von Count.

They were eating lunch at a restaurant named Lunch. Mr. Orenstein suggested they dine outside with Al Fresco, so Dr. Stiles made a crack about inviting his friend Al Dente.

"We did every possible Al name we could think of and then we thought, 'Why does it have to be restricted to Al?' " Mr. Orenstein recalled.

Dr. Stiles, who received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Western Maryland College in 1985, teamed up with Mr. Orenstein to do the book. And soon, Jon Korkes, Deena Silver-Kramer and Pete Abread joined the pair.

Before the five knew it, they were spending hours in long-distance conversations coming up with names.

"We had one five-way phone call that was hilarious," Mr. Orenstein says. "It must have taken two or three hours, but we hammered it out and got the final copy to the publisher."

The 118-page book, which sells for $8, is published by Pocket Books and will be available at local booksellers this month.

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