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02 February 2007

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GreekAmericanNYC

Good story, and I can relate: my dad said he wanted to name me "Plutarchos", but fortunately, my mom intervened.

I can't imagine what it would have been like having the same nickname as a Disney character!

Ted

Stavros,
you bring back memories! I watched Kojak reruns well into the night with a passion. Of course, younger generations would find Kojak too "primitive" but those were the days of character actors and low budgets... Better days, weren't they?

Stavros

Ted,

I was in my twenties back in the seventies and away from home. Theo Kojak and the New York City backdrop for the series reminded me of home. It was a different kind of television, more fun and the shows back then weren't trying hard to shock you.

GANYC,

Plutarchos? I like it. I think it would have had the same effect on you as if your Dad had named you "Sue." Your boxing skillls would have been finely honed. Remember the Johnny Cash song? Maybe it was before your time.

Ted

"A boy named Sue"! Ah, memories, memories ...

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