Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)

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My Roots Are Showing

You see the logo above. Often I have clients and realtors ask where the name came from. How did the name "King of the House" come into being? Ends up that my wife came up with the name one day. And, knowing my background, my roots, it makes lots of sense. As many of you know, I spent years in Bellingham broadcasting and engineering in electronics. I was in country music broadcasting for many years.

One of the all time classic songs of country music was Roger Miller and King of the Road. 

The wife came up with the company name because of that song. It was kind of like our own little inside scoop. It has been a good name for my business. Some people think it might be a franchise -- catchy name and all. Nope, just a local business that I own but I have a trademark on it. I paid a local graphics artist for the logo which people, also, like. Even now, almost 50 years since Roger Miller had that hit, people still "get it." They see the connection! In fact, I have had checks made out to King of the Road. I just endorse them! The other day, a young fellow said -- Oh, after the Randy Travis song, right? His dad said, nope, after the Roger Miller song. I chimed in with the dad and said that dad was right.

 

Then, when there are joksters who are artistic, such as that thorn in my side, Charles Buell, my corporate name is also fodder for silliness (above bootleg logo). It is so hard to keep one's dignity when standing in the rain.

Steven L. Smith

If you enjoy nostalgia and music of yesteryear, click on Elvis' gold record to visit This Day In History. To explore The Stories Behind The Music blog posts click on the electric guitar. 

 

        

 

 

 

 

Comment balloon 11 commentsSteven L. Smith • August 22 2008 05:21PM

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Sooooooo, The next questions is ....... WHO is KING of your own home ...... You or your WIFE? Be honest with us Steve. Sean Allen
Posted by Sean Allen, International Financing Solutions (International Financing Solutions ) almost 12 years ago

No different here than anywhere else Sean, she bosses me around and disciplines me if I do not behave. You think I am out of the norm or what? I am at the bottom rung of the ladder and looking up.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Too funny y'all... Sean, you said it all...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

That is a great story!  I htught for sure it was Elvis after that last post:)

Posted by Courtney Cooper, 206-850-8841 (Ben Kinney Brokerages Leadership at our Keller Williams North Seattle Office) almost 12 years ago
Hey Steve, At least you know your position. Sean Allen PS: I altered the initial comment since I stepped over the line a bit.
Posted by Sean Allen, International Financing Solutions (International Financing Solutions ) almost 12 years ago

Hit the Road Steve:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 12 years ago

I love Roger Miller and that song....almost as much as I love Elvis and Jerry Lee!  But to tell the truth, I'd sorta given artist friend Charlie credit for your King of the House logo.  Musta been wrong......

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
Great way to get a memoreable name, and the real king is.............
Posted by Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Barbara, The bee man made the Elvis version. The other one was made back before I really knew what an exceptional character the Bman was. It has served me well. People like it.
Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Well ain't that a cute story!  The wife........the power behind the throne once again! :-)  I need to work on a handle.......i like yours..:-)

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor almost 12 years ago
Liz, I am trying to lose my handles. More exercise and all you know!
Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

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