Question: On the show Crossing Jordan, there is a character whose name is so long that every one calls him "Bug." Does he have a "real" name and, if so, what is it? — Jo, Conway, Ark.
Televisionary: I'll tell you, Jo, but I just want you to know that the name is so darned long our tech people had to install a larger hard drive on our server just to hold the page. Prepare your eyes for the strain whilst I limber up my typing fingers...Ready? On the NBC crime drama, forensic entomologist "Bug" is blessed with the birth name Mahesh Vijayaraghavensatyanaryanamurthy. But given his job — as regular viewers know, he uses his knowledge of insects to help solve crimes — it's a heck of a lot easier to call him "Bug" since by the time a colleague finished wrestling with that moniker, any perp would have long ago skipped town.
And for all you skeptics out there, the name's authentic, according to actor Ravi Kapoor (Gideon's Crossing), who plays the good doctor. "The producers had seen a long South Indian name and liked the idea," he explained. "My wife is South Indian, so I was able to help them find a real name to use."