Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 12:28:08 -0400

From: Ron Butters RonButters[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM

Subject: Garcia (Marquez)

Alan B.writes:

*******. . . in Colombia, where Garcia

Marquez hails from . . . the first surname is the patronymic and

the the second is the matronymic and is frequently dropped. Gabriel's

father's name was Garcia. I am relatively sure that this is the

practice throughout the Spanish-speaking world, including Mexico, but I

could be wrong.*********

I'm sure you are right--and for Mexico as well. I knew that ONE of the names

could be dropped--maybe I was mixing up Spanish and Russian? (Does anybody

know about Russian?)

And why, by the way, did Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe have such a complicated


Anyway, thanks for the explanation--and thanks for being polite and gentle

about it. I will file this in my memory blank.