My name is Irene Pollin.
It has been my name since May 27th, 1945, the date I married Abe Pollin.
Before that, my name was Irene Kerchek, but I have been Irene Pollin much longer.
However, something interesting has happened since my husband, Abe, died, in November, 2009; I am no longer referred to as Irene Pollin; I have become “Pollin Family.”
At first, I paid little attention to this odd designation, but as it has continued over the past few years, I have decided to remind people of who I really am, and have always been.
I haven’t been sure why this has occurred.
Is it male chauvinism? No, because one of the people who did this was a professional woman who I work with.
Is it unfamiliarity? People that I haven’t known very long? No, because several of the people who did this have known me for many years.
I can’t seem to come up with an answer, and I’m interested to see if other people have had a similar experience.
Even this past week, my friend and sports compatriot, Ted Leonsis, referred to me as “Pollin Family” in an interview. If he will check the legal documents I signed when I sold Washington Sports and Entertainment, he will only see one name….Irene Pollin.