POLITICS

Bristol Palin: ESPN Headquarters Inspired Her Name

In an interview with Esquire (quotes from which caused a minor media scuffle in January), Sarah Palin reveals the source of her daughter Bristol's name:

Two meanings in Bristol's name: I worked at the Bristol Inn, and Todd grew up in Bristol Bay. But also, Bristol, Connecticut, is the home of ESPN. And when I was in high school, my desire was to be a sportscaster. ESPN was just kicking off, just getting off the ground, and I thought that's what I was going to do in life, is be one of the first woman sportscasters. Until I learned that you'd have to move to Bristol, Connecticut. It was far away. So instead, I had a daughter and named her Bristol.

She also gave Bristol some advice on her upcoming marriage:

This is what I've been telling Bristol, before she gets married, is, Bristol, there are definitely gonna be tough parts in marriage. You have to look at those tough times and remember that you have essentially a business contract with this person. You've signed an agreement: You're going to be together. And you look at it that way as you work through the tough times, because I guarantee the better time is there on the other side. That's how we've looked at it.

ESPN Vice President Mike Soltys suggests it could be worse: there are a number of children named ESPN.

He hasn't heard of another Bristol, but "it wouldn't surprise me if there are others," Soltys said.

Bristol Mayor Art Ward tells the local paper that it's probably for the best that Palin stayed in Alaska.

"You can't see Russia from here," he said.