They're as self-centered as we are!

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 4 01:39:25 UTC 2009

I wrote to Robin Hamilton et al.

Loaded as my memory is with old rubbish, including lots and lots of TV
jingles, the first thing I thought of was

Have a Knick,
You'll feel refreshed,
Have a Knickerbocker Beer!

I felt that was too far off topic, so I wrote off-list, and Robin answered
likewise (but now I think we're back into our business here):

Isn't there also an American football team, or teams, the Boston Knicks (or
nicks?), or something like that?  Might be linked to the beer.  Hey, has
this any relation to a Knickerbocker glory, kind of icecream?

No, the New York Knicks ( It's specific to
NYC, where I grew up, so I'm more or less familiar with the connection. It
goes back to Washington Irving's *_History of New-York from the Beginning of
the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty, by Diedrich Knickerbocker*_

Not surprisingly, Barry Popik has a pretty thorough page on it (,
though he doesn't mention the viral marketing campaign that made Irving's
book a hit (

Mark Mandel

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