About St. Patrick’s Day and my lack of Irish heritage

March 17, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken
March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Contrary to what you might expect from glancing at my byline, my family is not Irish. My ancestors hailed from points east of Hibernia; the surname used to be Slavic (or maybe Russian, or Georgian? From that general region, anyway) until it was changed in order to make my clan seem more Americanized.

At any rate, no disrespect to the Irish, but I wore an all-blue outfit today. Photographic proof is available in one of a series of sort of St. Patrick’s Day related tweets I sent earlier this afternoon:

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