No L

Merry Christmas

Overheard: Noel. Noel, Barney’s the king of Israel.

Noel is Leon spelled backwards.
Leon was my dad’s name. Only strangers and his dad and sister called him that. His dad (Harlow) and sister (Morna) called him Lian and strangers called him LEE-on. Leon, Morna and Harlow, when’s the last time you met somebody with those names?

Almost as interesting as Cass, Tim and Zig: all women.(My mother and her sisters.)

My mom and their friends called my dad Veep.

No L in Veep.

Early in their marriage, my mother thoughtdad needed a nickname. She didn’t like his given name. The obvious one was to call him Van, because that was the first part of his last name. But also at the same time President Harry Truman’s vice-president was “The Veep.”

Mother liked the sound of that and started calling dad Veep. V.P. which are the initials of his last name = Vice President. Which lead to many chats with strangers who eventually asked “who’s Veep?” and “what is he Vice President of?”

Ice broken!

Truman’s Veep was Alben Barkley, a western Kentucky boy who was known as “Iron Man” because of his campaigning ability.

Iron Man.

Now that’s a nickname.

You can all me Aluminum Man. Renew. Recycle. Reuse.


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No L — 4 Comments

  1. Barney’s the king of Israel and there’s also a Harold Angel (hark!) and a Murray Gentleman.

    There might even be a Leon, but it seems to be the surname of a woman after whom a school is named:
    Ding Dong Mary Leon High.

    In any case, Joyeux Noel to you, too.
    .-= Larry Wallberg´s last blog pithJohnny Depp and the Coal Industry =-.

  2. @Larry: Yes, I had to sing the Leon song to figure it out! As a new reader, you will eventually learn not to put many demands on my brain.
    .-= GoingLikeSixty´s last blog pithNo L =-.

  3. i love his movie Edwards Scissorhands, i think it is one of Johnny Depp’s best performance aside from Pirates of the Caribbean.”:~

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