James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Wed Dec 8 22:59:56 UTC 2004
In a message dated Tue, 7 Dec 2004 15:17:03 -0500, Wilson Gray
<wilson.gray at RCN.COM> writes:
> James Bowie of knife fame was definitely a [bui]. Once upon a time,
> there was a TV adventure series based upon his life. The program had a
> theme song that began, "Jim [bui]! Jim [bui]! Jim [bui]!" The fraternal
> twins, Raymond and Rosemary Bowie, with whom I attended grade school in
> the '40's, were also [bui]. That is to say, it was once the case that
> *everybody* knew that "Bowie" was pronounced [bui].
The theme song was "Jim [bui]! Jim [bui]! He was a bold..." and I forget
what followed. It had a catchy tune.
>From my years in Washington DC I can say with some authority that Bowie
Maryland is /bui/. A coworker who lived there had a daughter who was on her
school's track team. I dubbed her the /bui boo-let/.
> Speaking of namesakes, I received an e-mail today from one "Wilson
A Wilson gun would be a Garand idea, but I'm afraid it won't happen. What is
more likely is the Wilson Sword Blade razor, with the obvious advertising
slogan "A Wilson has 14 points!"
The crossed-sabers logo for the US Cavalry apparently was invented by General
James H. Wilson for the cavalry corps he commanded in the Union Army.
A list of cavalry carbines used in the Civil War: Spencer, Sharps, Burnside,
Starr, Smith, Gallagher, Maynard, Ballard, Cosmopolitan, Remington Joslyn,
and Henry (the last became the famous Winchester).
- Jim Landau
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