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AEIOU: 120 known human beings.

Supervocalics are words or phrases with AEIOU once each, and no Ys. This is the first of a 3-part series examining complete sets of supervocalic people, places and things. The goal was to find known human beings--reasonably famous supervocalic people--for each of the 120 orderings of AEIOU. After copious amounts of Google searching, the feat has been accomplished.

Given the nature of the challenge, the standard of "reasonably famous" was generally as loose as necessary to fill a slot, though people needed to have some claim to fame greater than local renown to make the list. Of course, preference was given to internationally well-known names (Count Basie, Bela Lugosi), but just as readily to those with well-known accomplishments (meatpacker Samuel Wilson who is "Uncle Sam", Pearl Harbor general Minoru Genda).

Some names have been mentioned previously in Word Ways (see Susan Thorpe's "Vowel Mates" in Aug 1996, or the May 2003 Kickshaws), though most were assembled by spotting them somewhere or searching the web for specific first or last names. The list leans towards US popular culture, though plenty of international names, historical figures, and luminaries from architecture, archaeology, and even recreational linguistics appear. Fictional, mythological, or biblical characters, and commonly used nicknames, pseudonyms and titles (such as Pope or Sir) were welcomed. If someone hit the US Top 40 charts, had a major film, TV, or theater credit, played a professional or major college sport, or wrote something sold on Amazon.com, they were famous enough to qualify. The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) and on-line pro sports databases were fertile ground for quasi-celebrities, though I avoided trivial listings. In an age where almost everyone appears somewhere on the Web, it was not enough simply to appear in a birth, death, or phone listing, local news story, or personal, university, or company website.

For each slot I arbitrarily selected the most famous or subjectively most interesting person available. Many alternatives were possible and in some cases it was close. Charles Bukowski, Blanche DuBois, or Wilona from "Good Times" Ja'Net DuBois--tough choice! Baseball's Van Lingle Mungo topped author Alice Munro and Soprano's character Artie Bucco because of his great name. Sure, Thomas Cruise goes by Tom, but it was either him or the not-so-famous Broadus Mitchell. Mike Douglas won by a nose over author Dinesh D'Souza and Sister Soul jab.

Most slots were filled by reasonably well-known people, but some required a reach. The toughest may have been EUOAI. Helmut Nodari, who appeared in the 1961 Austrian classic "Autofahrer Unterwegs," is the lone entrant with just one IMBD credit. (He is surely getting more press in this article than he did for that performance.) He beat out Gertrud Joachim, who published one article in the ACM Journal in 1959. Various Zebulons and Eudoras had even less claim to celebrity. With no offence to Helmut or Gertrud, clearly we're scraping the bottom of the fame barrel. Other slots which could stand some help: AEIUO, EOUIA, IEOAU, IUAEO, IUAOE, OAIEU.
Known Human Beings

 Vowels Name Description

 1. AEIOU Charles Kimbrough US actor Murehy Brown.
 2. AEIUO Alexis Dupont 19th century French opera
 singer.
 3. AEOIU Walter Gropius German-born architect
 Bauhaus founder.
 4. AEOUI Francesco Quinn US actor Platoon. Son of
 Anthony.
 5. AEUIO Anne Hutchinson 17th century US Religious
 reformer.
 6. AEUOI Charles Bukowski US poet, subject of Barfly.
 7. AIEOU Annie Proulx US Author, The Shipping
 News.
 8. AIEUO Van Lingle Mungo ML baseball 1931-45.
 9. AIOEU Martin Brodeur NHL goalie 1991-2003.
 10. AIOUE David Souter US Supreme Court justice.
 11. AIUEO Maxim Kuznetsov NHL 2000-03.
 12. AIUOE Patti Lupone US actress. 1979 Tony-
 Evita.
 13. AOEIU Hans Cornelius German philosopher.
 14. AOEUI Marco Venturi Italian classical musician.
 15. AOIEU Francoise Durr French tennis player.
 French Open, 1967.
 16. AOIUE Carson Smith McCullers US author Member of the
 Wedding.
 17. AOUEI Paco Underhill US consultant/author, Why
 We Buy.
 18. AOUIE Arlo Guthrie US singer, Alice's
 Restaurant.
 19. AUEIO Samuel Wilson US meatpacker--"Uncle Sam".
 20. AUEOI Samuel Goldfish Brazilian film exec, aka
 Goldwyn.
 21. AUIEO Astrud Gilberto Brazilian singer, Girl From
 Iponema.
 22. AUIOE Austin Powers International man of
 mystery.
 23. AUOEI Paul O'Neill Recent US Treasury
 Secretary.
 24. AUOIE Paul Scofield Best Actor 1966, Man For
 All Seasons.
 25. EAIOU Len Cariou US actor. 1979 Tony,
 Sweeney Todd.
 26. EAIUO Benazir Bhutto Former Pakistani Prime
 Minister.
 27. EAOIU Epaphroditus Early Christian figure,
 Paul's messenger.
 28. EAOUI Jean Cousin French Renaissance painter.
 29. EAUIO Beau Dixon Canadian singer/songwriter.
 30. EAUOI Bela Lugosi US actor, many horror
 films.
 31. EIAOU Keith Barbour US singer, New Christy
 Minstrels.
 32. EIAUO Neil Cavuto US news anchor, Fox News
 Channel.
 33. EIOAU Leigh Broadhurst US nutritionist, The
 Evolutionary Diet.
 34. EIOUA Frederick Douglass US abolitionist and author.
 35. EIUAO Erik Gustafson US peace activist.
 36. EIUOA Felix Ulloa Salvadoran magistrate.
 37. EOAIU Leonard Whitcup US composer, wrote for
 Perry Como.
 38. EOAUI Leonard Rubin High profile US copyright
 attorney.
 39. EOIAU Nelson Canadian political
 scientist.
 40. EOIUA Benoit Duval Michaud French race car driver,
 Dakar rally.
 41. EOUAI Greg Louganis US dryer, Olympic gold
 medalist.
 42. EOUIA Geoff Cunningham US writer/director, Rocky
 Road.
 43. EUAIO Deucalion Greek myth, son of
 Prometheus.
 44. EUAOI Edmund Arrowsmith 17th century English
 martyr.
 45. EUIAO Edmund Richardson US lawyer, Clarence Darrow
 associate.
 46. EUIOA Greg Gugliotta US TV producer.
 47. EUOAI Helmut Nodari Austrian actor. 1 film,
 1961.
 48. EUOIA Sequoia Linguist, inventor of
 Cherokee alphabet.
 49. IAEOU Michael Okwu US news correspondent, CNN.
 50. IAEUO Michael Musto NY columnist, Village
 Voice.
 51. IAOEU Richard Brodeur NHL goalie, 1972-1988.
 52. IAOUE Richard Boucher US diplomat State Dept.
 spokesman.
 53. IAUEO Ivan Rutherford Actor. Jean Valjean in Les
 Miserables.
 54. IAUOE Brian Musgrove NZ stock car racer.
 55. IEAOU Michel Aoun Exiled Lebanese general/
 Prime Minister.
 56. IEAUO Mike Caruso ML baseball 1998-2002.
 57. IEOAU Mike Broadus SF musician, Planet Orange.
 58. IEOUA Mike Douglas US talk show host, 1964-
 1980.
 59. IEUAO Sir Edmund Barton First Australian Prime
 Minister, 1901-03.
 60. IEUOA Winbert Mulholland US horse trainer, Racing
 Hall of Fame.
 61. IOAFU Nicholas Hellmuth US Mayan archaeologist.
 62. IOAUE Phil Donahue US talk show host, 1967-.
 63. IOEAU Christopher McManus Word Ways Contributor.
 64. IOEUA Christopher Durang Playwright, 1999 Obie
 Beyond Therapy.
 65. IOUAE Chris Trousdale US boy band singer Dream
 Street.
 66. IOUEA Minoru Genda Japanese general, planned
 Pearl Harbor.
 67. IUAEO Wilbur Davenport MIT engineer, author.
 68. IUAOE Wilbur Hargrove Marshall U. football
 player, 2001-4.
 69. IUEAO Miguel Tacon Spanish governor of Cuba,
 1834.
 70. IUEOA Miguel Concha Mexican journalist.
 71. IUOAE Linus Roache UK actor, Wings of the
 Dove.
 72. IUOEA Sir Hugo Beach UK 4-star general, retired.
 73. OAEIU Horace Lindrum Australian Billiards
 champion.
 74. OAEUI Constance Cummings US actress Blithe Spirit.
 75. OAIEU Logan Whitehurst US musician Jr. Science
 Club.
 76. OAIUE Rosalind Russell US actress, 4-time Oscar
 nominee.
 77. OAUEI Omar Uresti PGA golfer.
 78. OAUIE Thomas Cruise Actor. Oscar nominee, Jerry
 Maguire.
 79. OEAIU Joe Zawinul US Jazz/fusion pianist,
 Weather Report.
 80. OEAUI Pope Paul VI Pope 1963-1978.
 81. OEIAU Robert Christgau US Rock critic / writer.
 82. OEIUA Cornelius Ball ML Baseball, 1907-12
 (Neal).
 83. OEUAI Joe Slusarski ML baseball 1991-2001.
 84. OEUIA Robert Mulligan US film director. Oscar
 nominee, 1962.
 85. OIAEU Monika Treut German film producer/
 director.
 86. OIAUE Gloria Russell US art historian.
 87. OIEAU Orville Armbrust ML baseball 1934.
 88. OIEUA Robin Ventura ML baseball, 1989-.
 89. OIUAE Loic Burkhalter Swiss hockey player.
 90. OIUEA Monique Chang Gymnast, US national team
 1996-2000.
 91. OUAEI Douglas Leigh Sign designer, many NYC
 landmarks.
 92. OUAIE Count Basie US pianist/band leader.
 93. OUEAI Chou En Lai First Chinese premier.
 94. OUEIA Lou Kleinman US sound editor, Gladiator.
 95. OUIAE Louis Malle French film director.
 96. OUIEA Lows Reard French designer, inventor
 of the bikini.
 97. UAEIO Susan Elliot US author, Becoming Self-
 Employed.
 98. UAEOI Muhammed Konjic UK soccer player, 1998-.
 99. UAIEO Juan Diego Canonized Mexican Indian
 ('San Diego').
100. UAIOE Chuck Mangione US jazz musician, Grammy
 winner.
101. UAOEI Stuart Goldstein US squash champion, 1978.
102. UAOIE Susan Brownmiller US feminist author.
103. UEAIO Pudd'nhead Wilson Mark Twain character.
104. UEAOI Jules Prancois US Civil War soldier and
 poet.
105. UEIAO Lucretia Mott Quaker abolitionist,
 women's activist.
106. UEIOA Question.Mark ... & the Mysterians (His
 legal name!)
107. UEOAI Jules Remains French writer and play-
 wright.
108. UEOIA Duke Robdlard US guitarist Roomful Of
 Blues.
109. UIAEO Julian Lennon UK musician son of John.
110. UIAOE Julia Roberts Actress 2001 Oscar, Erin
 Brockovich.
111. UIEAO Burrill Bernard Crohn US doctor. Named Crohn's
 disease.
112. UIEAO Justin Leonard US golfer. Won 1997 British
 Open.
113. UIOAE Luis Gonzalez ML baseball MVP, 2001.
114. UIOEA Judith Vogelsang US TV producer/director.
115. UOAEI Bruno Martelli Main character in movie
 Fame.
116. UOAIF Rudolph Cartier Austrian-born UK TV
 Producer/Director.
117. UOEAI Hugo Weaving Aussie actor. Agent Smith,
 The Matrix.
118. UOEIA Hugo Weisgall Czech-American opera
 composer.
119. UOIAE Udonis Haslem College basketball player,
 U of Fla.
120. UOIEA Hugo Riemann German composer/
 musicologist.


The search provided a few points of interest. Former heads of state Sir Edmund Barton and Michel Aoun join previously-noted Chou EnLai and Benazir Bhutto. TV's "Murphy Brown," produced by Joshua Sternin, starred Charles Kimbrough and Louis Malle's widow, Candace Bergen. The 1979 Tony award winners for Best Actor and Actress in a Musical were Len Cariou and Patti Lupone. Three supervocalic goalies currently tend net in the NHL--Martin Brodeur, Dan Cloutier, and Brian Boucher--with last-name supervocalic John Vanbiesbrouck recently retired. For a supervocalic actor/movie pair, see Linus Roache in "Pandemonium," or go to Mexico and rent Julia Roberts in "Mujer Bonita." Supervocalic music? Mariah Carey's "Through the Rain" was produced by Alex Richbourgh. And finally, an answer to a question from the "Vowel Mates" article: Gussie Moran's vowels pair with golfer Justin Leonard, while Rosalind Russell is a match for shortstop Omar Vizquel.
 The Oxford Guide To Word Games

 This is the second edition of a work originally published in 1984
 (reviewed by Dave Shulman in the May 1985 Word Ways). The original
 emphasis was on word games, including solitary amusements such as
 crossword puzzles, but Tony Augarde has expanded its scope to
 include various other forms of wordplay: crossword clueing, kangaroo
 words, blends, text messaging, etc. Perhaps the strongest feature of
 this book are the examples of historical wordplay, of the sort
 covered by Bombaugh in Facts & Fancies for the Curious From the
 Harvest-Fields of Literature: riddles, enigmas, conundrums,
 charades, chronograms, acrostics, palindromes and anagrams. The
 history of the two major developments of the 20th century, Scrabble
 and the crossword, is competently covered, and there is even a
 chapter devoted to the wordplay of Lewis Carroll. Writing under
 constraint is featured in a chapter on lipograms and univocalics,
 and in sections on the classic poetic devices of boutsrimes, centos,
 chain verse, and equivoque, and the work of the French group OuLiPo.

 No doubt the chapter of greatest interest to the hard-core
 logologist is the one on word squares. As expected, Augarde has
 nicely summarized their origins and has exhibited the classic
 examples of the 19th and 20th centuries. Although the landmark
 10-squares of Rex Gooch came too late for inclusion, it is
 regrettable that the noteworthy hand-generated 10-squares of Jeff
 Grant were not mentioned, much superior to the tautonymic square of
 Borgmann or the incomplete square by Rubin. Surely Eric Albert's
 unidictionary (Webster's Second) 9-square, which appeared more than
 a decade ago, is also worthy of mention.

 This book of 294 pages is available in hardcover (ISBN
 0-19-866264-5) for $22.


ERIC CHAIKIN

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