My "JhnGalt" Vanity License Plate

September 30th, 2009

So I received a call a few weeks ago from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation regarding my “JhnGalt” vanity license plate. The official asked if I had ordered a vanity license plate. I replied, “Yes.”

Then, she asked me, “Who is John Galt?” I almost burst out laughing hysterically.

I replied, “a character from a book.” She asked what book? I replied “Atlas Shrugged.” The mischief this license plate will create has already begun. Every time someone pulls up behind me, they will ask themselves, “Who is John Galt?” If a police officer ever pulls me over, and asks me, “Sir, who is John Galt?” I may need to call one of my attorney friends to get me out of involuntary commitment due to my inability to stop laughing.

I was kinda hoping they would deny the plate so I could get standing and sue on First Amendment grounds. Although I haven’t yet received the plate, they cashed my check, which is a pretty good indication the plate was approved.

Oh well. Who is John Galt?