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Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Mar 21 14:09:50 EDT 2017


I figured it was "Jeer" for the past half century, but I recently decided
it must be "Jerry."

Not much is easily findable about Jere Peacock except that he was from
Spokane, served four years in the Marines in Korea and Japan in the '50s,
and died in 1979 at the age of 42.

He wrote his two published novels under the tutelage of Lowney C, Handy,
James Jones's writing coach.

Cf. Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), author of the still hilarious
Arthurian spoof, "The Misfortunes of Elfin" (1829).

JL

On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 7:28 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 8:11 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Jere
>
>
> I went to high school with a guy whose first name was “Jere.” He pronounced
> it “Jerry,” instead of the expected - by me, anyway - "Jeer.”
>
> Youneverknow.
>
> I was in the Army with a guy named “Peacock.” There was also a black boxer
> by that surname, back when.
>
> --
> -Wilson
> -----
> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
> -Mark Twain
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