Maria the goose of Echo Park Lake is famous to many people in the neighborhood for her attachment to a man named Dominic, who visits her regularly. They walk around the park together, and the big domestic goose tries to follow when her human pal leaves. Sometimes she flies after him.
But the big brown and white goose, who stays mostly away from the other resident fowl at the lake, has a second identity as Orange Bill -- and she has a Facebook page, too -- with 2,289 Friends. Story goes our goose earned the name Orange Bill during a June 2010 video shoot for the band OK Go, which spent three days or so at the lake shooting. She got in the way a lot; she was a friend and a nuisance -- and in the end she figures prominently in the last quarter of video for the song "End Love." (The visuals are in fast-motion, but you can't miss Maria.) No mention of Orange Bill on the Chicago band's official website.
I visited Orange Bill's Facebook page, of course, and found it infested with scam-ish looking postings but also many genuine, affectionate shoutouts to Maria...or the man/woman behind the curtain. One Friend posted "His name is Taco!"
So she has three names, it turns out. Or more?
This is Maria, AKA Orange Bill, AKA Taco (she has six or seven passports, as well). I took the photo last week in front of the Boat House at Echo Park Lake. She said hello to me, but it was Dominic she was waiting for.