What’s In A Name (Part 2)

Mrs. Publicist: Okay, Pete, yesterday we introduced Shaky Insterwald, somewhat seedy proprietor of a rundown driving range in the Valley (see post below) in Tender Is The Bite. I know character names are important to you, so tell us about this one.

Pete: Well, discerning readers may have spotted the fact that not all the humor in the Chet and Bernie series is subtle. Sometimes it gets pretty broad – broad humor going way back in English literature, all the way to Chaucer. So, for a golfer, what could be worse that Shaky? And of course the shakes are the bane of golfers, from the worst hacker on up to the PGA tour. But later, when Shaky gives Charlie, Bernie’s kid, a lesson, he turns out to be very good at it. Which sort of leads us to the surname. Back in the 1950’s there was an excellent touring pro named Dow Finsterwald (won the PGA Championship in 1958 and is still alive, by the way). Love that surname – sort of a tiny sound poem, so I stole part of it for my character.

Mrs. P: Thanks, Pete. See you next month for another edition of What’s In A Name.


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3 Responses to “What’s In A Name (Part 2)”

  1. B. Stover
    11:09 am on September 22nd, 2021

    “Sound poem”–I like that.

    Good day to all.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    1:57 pm on September 22nd, 2021

    .Good day all!
    We love word games and word puzzles even though we don’t always catch onto them right away.

  3. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:22 pm on September 22nd, 2021

    Golf!…We here had no idea Spencer knew so much about golf history. Every day is a learning experience…snorkel!

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