The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound today filed with the U.S. Copyright Office to protect the acronym NIMBY from unauthorized use by individuals, publications or organizations other than itself.
Claiming precedent, APNS president Audra Parker cited a statement made by Alliance board member, William I. Koch, in 2006 when –- in reference to the proposed offshore wind farm -- he told Forbes’ reporter Tim Doyle, “I don’t want this in my backyard” [emphasis added].
Multi-billionaire Koch made further headlines in 2011 when he purchased at auction for $2.1M the only authenticated photograph of William McCarty aka William Bonney aka Billy the Kid, an unflattering tintype that belies America’s longstanding romanticized image of the Kid as portrayed by Robert Taylor, Paul Newman, Kris Kristofferson, Donny Wahlberg and countless other Hollywood sex symbols.
Save Our Sound views “Not in My Back Yard’ “as a rallying battle cry reflective of the contemporary zeitgeist”, said Parker, shrugging off suggestions that it is more often perceived as the credo of the insular privileged.
Reports that this column intends to copyright the disclaimer, “lirpa loof” are unfounded.