In Sunday’s column, readers sound off on two recent column topics: TV converter boxes and Santa Ana winds. Some folks can’t get their TV situation worked out, and several old-timers insist the winds are called Santana.
I suggest in print that perhaps the winds are called Maria, which led to some back-and-forth with my editors over whether the spelling should be Maria or Mariah.
I wasn’t much help, doing some research and informing an editor that the character in “West Side Story” is named Maria. This must have seemed like a non-sequitur, given that the song, he told me, is from “Paint Your Wagon.” Fresh research was conducted. Virtually every Internet source gives the song title as “They Call the Wind Maria.” Even though it’s pronounced like Mariah. I’m pretty sure I’ve always seen the title as “…Maria,” despite not knowing what musical it’s from.
Anyway, it’s been a while since I printed much reader response, but it’s worth doing on occasion. I have responses about my St. Louis column too but couldn’t squeeze everything into one column. So, those will wait for next week.