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October 25, 2008

[Your Name Here] the Plumber

Joe Wurzelbacher of Toledo, Ohio is not the only Joe the Plumber. Joe Francis of Amarillo, Tex., owner of joetheplumber.com, has received multiple offers, some for thousands of dollars, for his domain name. But according to PC Magazine, Francis wasn't even the No. 1 Joe the Plumber on the 'net prior to the unlicensed Wurzelbacher's hitting the scene—that honor belonged to Joe Lara the Plumber (also known as "The Plumber's Plumber!"), of Ventura, California.

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To learn more about the real America, Gelf decided to find out about more ordinary Joe Plumbers. Taking some of the most common male first names and adding the phrase "the plumber" uncovered the following:

Jim the Plumber: Jim Evans of Cincinnati, Ohio, Wurzelbacher's home state. In 2004, Jim's employer told him "if you think you can do any better, go get your own truck," and he did.

John the Plumber: We don't know much about this guy, except that he's got a newsletter that you need to sign up for to view his website. We didn't want to do that.

Bob the Plumber: Take it away, Bob's website.
Bob spent most of his early life in Connecticut. He received his primary education from the St. John's Boys School in Deep River, Connecticut, and his secondary education, as well as a four-year plumbing certificate, from the Hartford Trade School. He completed his plumbing apprenticeship in Alaska and Washington, and was initiated into the United Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Seattle Local 32 in 1950.

Bill the Plumber: Unlike Joe the Plumber, he's licensed, and he's based in Sarasota, Florida.

Dave the Plumber: Based in or near Worcester, Massachusetts, he's got a rather colorful van.

By the way, Joe the Plumber—the Texan one—still owns his domain name, but he does have a banner ad which reads "Joe the Plumber says raise your flag, not my taxes," and another advertising an "authentic Joe the Plumber t-shirt."

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- posted on Nov 01, 08
bob the plumber MN

Thinking of changing my company name!

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