Count Demitz

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"Count" J T Demitz, writer, entertainment director, master of ceremonies, VIP host, researcher, hotelier, a multilingual, Swedish-born citizen (1956) of the U.S.A.

Writing in English about people who lived before 1900 (when spelling became a legal matter) and about all places, Demitz always uses established exonyms for the main reason they exist: to enable his text to be read aloud with a minimum of phonetic obstacles (Gothenburg, not Göteborg; John, not Johan, etc.). But he considers Carl, Anna and Maria (not just Charles, Anne or Mary) to be equal as English names in our day.

His hotel career culminated in an executive position at The Beverly Hills Hotel (1979-84) where he wrote their Front Desk Manual and the owners called him "Count" Demitz as a lighthearted courtesy (sort of like "Duke" Ellington).

His 1996 book Throne of a Thousand Years about all the Kings of Sweden (see Wikipedia) is in libraries all over the world. It was published again in 2020 as Centuries of Selfies, a much more luxurious full-color version with a preface by Dr. Ulf E. Sundberg. In 2021 his 564-page family research book GRENSTAM was published, prefaced by Biorn Riese, Esq.

Demitz worked with hundreds of Stockholm youths 1993-2015 in English-language cabaret entertainment and inter-cultural grooming projects. As a ghost writer, lyricist and what Swedes call language doctor, he has coached major talents like Max von Sydow and Björn Skifs, done special projects for the Sunwing Hotels, City of Stockholm, Royal Caroline Institute and many more.

Re: name formats, an area of his expertise, he says: "Carl and Carlos have become American English names now, so there are a lot of kings that no longer should be called Charles.

Before about 1900 there were no legally accurate spellings of any names anywhere and lots of variations occurred. Swedes had no legal names, and women no surnames but their own traditional patronymics, until a special law was passed in 1901.

Royalty should sort by first names. One marked difference from genealogical trees, encylopedias and other lists, when listing graves, is that royal women normally should be named by their married names and countries corresponding with gravestones and monuments, not by what they were called at birth.

Kings of Sweden and Poland are alone in numbering the first half of a double name, not the whole thing; thus (current) Carl XVI Gustaf, not Carl Gustaf II."

~ Emil Eikner, Deputy Chairman, Southerly Clubs of Stockholm.

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