Stealing a Page Out of Smorgasbord?

I’m calling bullshit on this, and if they’re giving him credit for coining the phrase, Generation Alpha, then I want the credit for coining the phrase “Generation Alif” named after the first letter of the Arabic Alphabet. Generation Alif would be those born from 2011 to 2026, a fifteen year period. I discussed that in my book. I don’t know Mark McCrindle personally, but his book, Generation Alpha was published on April 28, 2021, according to Amazon. That’s 2 months after Smorgasbord A Collection of Thoughts Experiences and Stories hit the shelves, yet he claims his inspiration for writing his book came from 2008? I Doubt it. What took so long? Olympia Publishers in London received a full copy of my complete manuscript on June 1st 2020, almost one full year before Mark’s book came out.

Francis Joseph LaManna

I don’t know, and so I’m not going to accuse, but it seems awfully funny how all of a sudden they’re giving credit to this guy, Mark McCrindle, for coining the term Generation Alpha, for those born between the early to mid 2010s to the mid 2020s to early 2030s, or whatever his years are.

If you bought Smorgasbord A Collection of Thoughts Experiences and Stories, then you’ll see the chapter titled LAMANNA (written in Greek letters) with the picture underneath that says Generation X.

In that chapter, which of course, was of my own original creation with an original thought process on how those generational years could or would align, and how they could be termed according to alphabets from around the world.

I don’t know when that Wikipedia article was published, although it was just edited 10 days ago, and there’s a lot of sources at the bottom of the page that are either right around the time my book was in publication or after it was available for purchase. The Wikipedia link is below.

That Wikipedia article is claiming that the original idea of Generation Alpha came from a survey in 2008, conducted by an Australian consulting agency called McCrindle Research, which he conveniently is the cofounder of.

He’s also claiming his inspiration came from his own book, The ABC of XYZ published in 2009. Maybe it did.

But something is definitely not right here.

I wrote my chapter in my book without any sources because all my thoughts were original. I’d like to see this original survey conducted by McCrindle Research from 2008. I’d also like to see proof that McCrindle Research was an official company registered back in 2008.

And even if all that is proven, I’m still calling bullshit on this. If he’s getting credited for coining Generation Alpha, then I should be credited for coining the term “Generation Alif” named after the first letter of the Arabic Alphabet. Generation Alif would be those born from 2011 to 2026, a fifteen year period. I’d be more than happy to share my thought process behind writing that chapter, and how I arrived at my discovery.

Like I said, I don’t know Mark McCrindle personally, and there’s no way my manuscript was compromised while at Fulton Books, however, Olympia Publishers, located in London, did receive a full copy of my completed manuscript way before his book was published. I sent the full complete manuscript for Smorgasbord on June 1, 2020, to Olympia. Maybe the leak is there. I’ll figure it out sooner or later, and this is not a far reach.

One thought on “Stealing a Page Out of Smorgasbord?

  1. I loved that chapter and believe your thoughts were original and really made me think a lot. Who can say, as the writer of Ecclesiastes says, there’s nothing new under the sun. I know I’ve written poetry before with what I thought were original lines or titles only to see some of them elsewhere, often years later. It always gives me pause but I chalk it up to all of us moving through similar emotions and thought patterns. But this seems a little too… convenient. That he would supposedly coin a term like this clearly after you already had… I don’t know. Doesn’t feel right. But who can say. I suppose he *could* have had a similar line of thoughts and inspiration 🤷🏼‍♀️

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