name regret

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Sat Oct 15 13:44:29 UTC 2011

On Oct 15, 2011, at 1:28 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:
> WRT the surname, "Bobo," I have cousins bearing that name and have
> worked alongside Chicanos so named.

two notable Bobos:

Lawrence D. Bobo, W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard (and before that professor at Stanford), distinguished sociologist

Roger Bobo, tuba virtuoso and pedagogue, and subject of John Updike's playful poem "Recital" (from _Telephone Poles_, 1963):

  --_Headline in the Times_

Eskimos in Manitoba.
  Barracuda off Aruba,
Cock an ear when Roger Bobo
  Starts to solo on the tuba.

Men of every station--Pooh-Bah,
  Nabob, bozo, toff, and hobo--
Cry in unison, "Indubi-
  Tably, there is simply nobo-

Dy who oompahs on the tubo,
  Solo, quite like Roger Bubo!"

[it's been set to music, of course; YouTube videos available]

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