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James Scott reports on H. Jablome

"I'm a legend," Charleston Post and Courier reporter James Scott declared in a column on April 20, 2003, "and it only took two words to make me one.

"It all started Saturday afternoon at the Masters in Augusta, Ga., while covering the protests outside the gates of the Augusta National Golf Club.

"With a swarm of reporters, police and protesters there for Martha Burk's high-profile stand against the club's male-only membership policy, one man held up a sign reading 'Make me dinner' before being escorted away by police.

"Once off the protest site, the man talked with about a dozen reporters and identified himself by a bogus name, a name that, while appearing innocuous enough on paper, refers to a sex act when sounded out.

"Unfortunately, I never actually heard the protester's name pronounced, just caught him spelling it out for others and jotted it down in my notepad.

"I wrote the story for Sunday's paper, tucked the quote down near the bottom, filed it to my editors in Charleston and blithely went about my life, unaware that this one name was about to make my own name known around the country.

"On Monday afternoon, thanks to some astute readers with a vivid recollection of elementary school vernacular, I realized I had been duped..."

How so? "Throughout the morning," Scott reported in his original article, "law enforcement officers stood on the perimeter of the five-acre field. At no point did the protest turn violent, though officers escorted Heywood Jablome away after he held up a sign directly in front of Burk that read: 'Make me dinner' before shouting 'Oprah rules.'"

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