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January 19, 2005
Vayapaso's Dream Date?

eddiehaskell.jpgWhen my mother, who comments here as Vayapaso, went to Hugh Hewitt's book signing for Blog, she got so excited by their enthusiastic welcome that she referred to me as "Eddie." Hugh and Duane didn't miss this and have mulled this tidbit over for a week now. Tonight, they decided that I must have been named after Eddie Haskell, the smarmy and phony-polite troublemaker from Leave It To Beaver.

Eddie Haskell?

When I called in to talk to Hugh, Duane even played the Leave It To Beaver theme in the background. I foresee a long run of classic-TV jokes in my future with these guys.

rickenbacker.jpgBut why Eddie Haskell? Why not this guy:

The American Ace of Aces, Eddie Rickenbacker, was a successful race car driver, fighter pilot, airline executive, wartime advisor, and elder statesman. Few aces achieved so much in so many different lifetime roles.

His twenty-six aerial victories came in only two months of combat flying, a spectacular achievement. ...

Starting in the early 1930's, he owned or managed various commercial airlines, notably Eastern Airlines, which had its roots as a division of General Motors. He became General Manager of Eastern in 1933, and in 1938, with a group of investors, he bought it and became its president. Starting with an aggressively low bid ($0!) for a government air mail contract, he managed the company profitably for twenty years.

I'm disturbed that Hugh and Duane would immediately associate the name Eddie with a sneaky troublemaker like Eddie Haskell instead a great American hero like Captain Eddie Rickenbacker. It's an outrage! I demand a Congressional investigation! I won't settle for anything less ... unless Mrs. Cleaver sends over some homemade cookies and a glass of (lactose-free) milk. Thaaaaank you, Mrs. Cleaver, and you look especially nice today ...

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at January 19, 2005 7:31 PM

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