Essays/JforC Front Cover

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  The back cover of J for C Programmers says of the front cover,
  "... some personalities related to 'J' ".

  Clockwise from upper left corner,

    0. J. Jonah Jameson       15. Andrew Jackson
    1. J. Paul Getty     16. Barbara Jordan
    2. John Jacob Astor IV     17. Joseph Stalin ("Uncle Joe")
    3. The Jackson 5     18. Jay Leno
    4.     19. Jay Gould
    5. Janis Joplin     20. Emperor Julian
    6. Justin Morgan     21. Jimmie Walker (or J.J. Evans, Jr.)
    7. Scott Joplin     22. Joseph McCarthy ("Tail Gunner Joe")
    8. Jason     23. James Joyce
    9. Jelly Roll Morton     24. St. John Chrysostom
    10. Jane Austen     25. Julius Erving ("Dr. J")
    11. Jay-Z     26. Jesse James
    12. J.J. Thomson     27. Samuel Johnson
    13. Stonewall Jackson     28. Jennifer Lopez ("J.Lo")
    14. Emperor Justinian     29. John Jay

Henry Rich wrote:

David's watch was not working. He remembered passing a little shop with clocks and watches in the window, so he took the watch in for repair.

"Can I help you?" asked the man behind the counter.

"I want this watch repaired," said David.

"I'm sorry. I don't repair watches."

"Well, how much for a new one then?" asked David.

"I don't sell watches."

"You don't sell watches?"

"No, I don't sell watches."

"Clocks, you sell clocks then? How much for a clock?"

"I don't sell clocks."

David was getting exasperated. "You don't sell watches, you don't sell clocks?"

"No, I'm a mohel [a person who does circumcisions]," replied the man.

"Then why do you have all those clocks and watches in the window?"

"If you were a mohel, tell me, what would you put in your window?"

Anyway, I thought it would provide better entertainment than most things I could put there.