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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Friday's Name Game!

Posted February 22, 2008 7:40 a.m. EST

Recently I sat down with Carolina Panthers play-by-play announcer Mick Mixon for a delightful meal in Nashville, TN. We were there attending an awards program for television stations. Mick and I have a lot in common. We both graduated from UNC, got into broadcasting and are musicians. We both have very big names. Mick's name is Forest Orion Mixon III. My name is William Augustus Leslie III or as my sisters call me "Willie, the One, Two Three."

I was fascinated to learn about Mick's interest in music. He is a percussionist in two bands. His latest band is located in Charlotte and it's called "Mick Mixon and the Ultras" named after a favorite beverage. Mick also has a band in Chapel Hill where for 16 years he worked as the brilliant color commentator for the Tar Heels Sports Network with Woody Durham. Mick's Chapel Hill band is called "Franklin Street" and they play all over the state.

Names are so important. You want them to be crisp and clear but catchy. Please help me come with names for the following:

A band that plays at parties and wedding dinners:

A NC brewed beer:

A NC based speakers bureau:

A NC real estate firm:

Environmental group:

Anti Litter Slogan:

Okay here are my ideas. I'm sure some of these names have already been taken but just for the fun of it here are my picks. My band would be called "The Heavy Hors d'oeuvres." I'd name the beer "North State Stout" or "Tar Heel Moon." I'd go with "Tar Heel Talk" for a speaker's bureau and "Carolina Dreams" for a real estate firm. My environmental group would be "The Green Machine." And my new anti littering campaign complete with thumb and index finger would be "Littering is for Losers."

Next week, the Tar Heel Novel returns! Have a great weekend!