Former Gaithersburg Gazette managing editor David Simon has been named editor of the Maryland Daily Record. I asked if he’s ever been mistaken for the more famous David Simon. He emails:
Here’s my short (and probably only slightly amusing) “real” David Simon story. A little more than 10 years ago, I was working at my first job in Maryland, covering a small town about 30 miles west of Baltimore.
I was doing a dry story on a proposal to raise water and sewer rates and gave the town’s mayor a call to ask some basic questions. After identifying myself, the mayor asks me if I am the same David Simon who did Homicide and The Corner. I replied, “Mr. Mayor, if that was me, do you really thing I would have to write a story about Mount Airy’s sewer rate going up by 3 cents?”
We both laughed.
“I suppose not,” he said.
That’s the long and short of it. Whenever other folks have asked the same question, I just tell them the sewer rate story and they realize I’m just a working journalist, not my more-famous alter-ego.