Simon denies role based on editor

July 06, 2006|By DAVID ZURAWIK | DAVID ZURAWIK,SUN TV CRITIC

THE SPECULATION — The new season of HBO's The Wire won't begin until Sept. 10, but there is already buzz about Police Lt. Charles F. Marimow.

The speculation - which creator and former Sun reporter David Simon denies: That he named the new character after William K. Marimow, former Sun editor.

"As a writer of fiction, you use everything from names in graveyards, to people you worked with, to baseball cards to name characters," said Simon.

"Charles Marimow is not the best example of leadership in the Police Department, and I have said elsewhere that I don't think Bill Marimow and John Carroll [Marimow's predecessor] were the best examples of leadership at The Sun. But Charles Marimow is not Bill Marimow. All they share is a surname."

David Zurawik

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