One Cindy Blodgett is a state treasure. Another is a state treasurer… of the Reform Party of Maine.
Cindy Blodgett of Charleston is a case manager for the Charlotte White Center in Dover-Foxcroft, a wife, and a 32-year-old mother of two.
But when she talks to people on the phone in her role as treasurer, people ask her all the time if she’s a basketball star.
That’s because Blodgett shares her name with the junior phenom from Clinton on the University of Maine women’s basketball team.
Blodgett and her family moved to Maine six years ago from New Hampshire. But it wasn’t until three years later, when Blodgett the point guard led the Lawrence High basketball team to its fourth state title and shook the state with her decision to play for UMaine that Blodgett the treasurer realized she had the most popular name going.
“People always ask me and they joke about it,” Blodgett said. “They say, `Oooh, you’re Cindy.’ But I have hair down to my waist. And I’m quite a bit older.”
However, it wasn’t until Blodgett became involved in the Reform Party of Maine a year ago and started speaking to people she didn’t know on the phone that she discovered the power in a name.
Cindy Blodgett found her name made formal introductions less formal and more fun. As soon as Blodgett says her name, she’s guaranteed the person on the phone will listen at least long enough to find out who she really is. And even if she’s not who they want her to be, they’re amused she shares her name with a superstar.
“Usually people are friendly and curious,” Blodgett said. “It’s a good conversation opener; a great ice breaker. I always get a real positive response. People always say, `I just have to ask, are you the Cindy Blodgett?’ ”
Blodgett said her son Shawn, 16, and daughter, Justine, 12, get comments from other children and they enjoy the game.
“They’ll jokingly boast, `My Mom is Cindy Blodgett,’ ” Blodgett said.
But it’s Cindy herself who draws the most attention.
“I can tell she is certainly well known and well liked,” Blodgett said of the UMaine star who was the leading scorer in Division I women’s basketball this year.
“That’s clear in people’s response. They’re always excited to even think I might know her. That I might be a distant cousin. I can tell people are excited because they’re always a little bit hesitant.”
Over the years, Blodgett has become a fan of the younger Blodgett watching her excel at UMaine. While Blodgett doesn’t attend UMaine women’s basketball games, she said she watches them on TV as much as she can.
But, in truth, Blodgett said she feels no bond to the UMaine sensation because the two are not related. And Blodgett doesn’t expect the comments about her name to continue after the other Cindy Blodgett has graduated from UMaine.