What’s In A Name?

Whoa! Haven’t done this feature in some time, where we look at a character name in the Chet and Bernie series – or elsewhere in the writings of Peter Abrahams (who can’t write the character till he’s got the right name). How about we try Gudrun Burr, powerful lawyer – and much more, it turns out – at the white-shoe law firm Lobb and Edmonds in Of Mutts and Men. (Bernie even remarks at one point, “A white-shoe firm if there ever was one.” That’s me underlining the joke for readers who know the expression white-shoe law firm but don’t know that Lobb and Edmonds are two high-end shoe manufacturers.) But back to Gudrun Burr. Burr, of course, summons the memory of Aaron Burr, a powerful and very capable, but bent, character, who ended up on the wrong side of history. And it sounds just like a shiver – brrrr. Gudrun Himmler was Himmler’s long-lived and unrepentant daughter.

Any other characters you want me to bloviate about?


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15 Responses to “What’s In A Name?”

  1. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:03 am on July 23rd, 2020


    I love how clever OFA is when choosing character names!

    Opening day for The Yankees and The Nats. YAY!

    Good day to all!

  2. Wookie's and Teddy' s Paw
    10:15 am on July 23rd, 2020

    Having worked once for what might be called a white shoe law firm (although I never had a pair myself and Teddy prefers to go au natural in those matters), I really appreciated the joke.

    And baseball is back. Go Nats!

  3. B. Stover
    10:21 am on July 23rd, 2020

    I like the word “bloviate”.

    Good morning all.

  4. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    3:32 pm on July 23rd, 2020

    Bloviate!…Does it mean bloated?….snort!

  5. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:29 pm on July 23rd, 2020

    Packages!…Sending packages these dayz is a verrit long drawn out wait….grump!…They say 5 days priority, but it ends up being ????…Who the hell knows?…grump!

  6. dawson
    9:32 pm on July 23rd, 2020

    There are some fun and interesting names in Of Mutts and Men.

    BStover: I like that word too.

    I was reading chapter 19 in OM&M and baseball was mentioned. Oh yeah! There is a game tonight. I thought I would be too late but there is a rain delay so I may see an inning or two after all.

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:34 pm on July 23rd, 2020

    Game!…We just came in from outside. Now I will be looking for a baseball game!…yeeep!

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:46 pm on July 23rd, 2020

    Rain!…Of course it RAINED on the first day we get to see baseball in ages….groan!…Now I may not get to see even an inning…sniff!sob!

  9. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:51 pm on July 23rd, 2020

    Bah!..I may be reduced to watching the Dodgers on opening day….Grump! …I hate the Dodgy Dogers!…wheeze!

  10. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:28 pm on July 23rd, 2020

    Reduced!…I have been reduced….bah!…But they are playing the San Fran Giants so its not all bad…snuffle!

  11. dawson
    10:29 pm on July 23rd, 2020

    Looks Like I’ve got the Dodgers too.
    I saw Fauci throw out the first pitch tho, lol!
    I love that little guy!

  12. dawson
    10:52 pm on July 23rd, 2020

    It was a touching, inspirational, and powerful nod to ending systemic racism by the Yankees and the Nats before the game. I am all for it.

    Yastrzemski! That name sounds familiar…

  13. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    11:30 pm on July 23rd, 2020

    Fauci…Yes! He thru out at about 17 miles per hour…snorkel!…I love that guy! Especially now…wuffle!…I am not a fan of the cardboard cutouts…wheeze!

  14. dawson
    11:53 pm on July 23rd, 2020

    Fauci: Spent his whole life making sure you don’t catch anything and he’s not about to stop now!
    (Stolen from someone on twitter)

    Mookie Betts! Fun name like Spencer would make up.

  15. Chet The Dog
    8:10 am on July 24th, 2020

    Thanks WATP – I was hoping to hear from you on this!

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