Angelo Mozilo, former CEO of Countrywide Financial Corp., may have stuck the world with a financial mess, and he may be under investigation for insider trading, but I often have to pause to admire his very lyrical name.
(On a more serious note, Click here to read my column on Mozilo.)
His name just rolls off the tongue like opera:
“An-gelo Mo-zilo … An-gelo … Mo-zilo … An-gelo-Mo-zilo … Figaro, Figaro, Figaro.”
Also reminds me of a song by Blue Oyster Cult: “Oh, no, there’s go Tokyo, go, go Mozilo.”
But the tune I absolutely can’t get out of my head is the theme song from the old Hanna-Barbera cartoon, Magilla Gorilla, that I used to watch as a kid. I don’t know why, but when I sing it, I substitute the name “Mozilo” for “gorilla.” It goes like this:
“We’ve got a Mozilo for sale; Magilla Mozilo for sale.
Won’t you buy him, Take him home and try him,
Mozilo for sale.
“Don’t you want a little Mozilo you can call your own,
A Mozilo who’ll be with ya when you’re all alone?
(Then, spoken in a little girl’s voice: “How much is that Mozilo in the window?” )
“Take our advice, At any price,
A Mozilo like Mozilo is mighty nice.
Mozilo, Magilla Mozilo for sale.”