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April 21, 2011

Joe Btfsplk — Episode 2: Blast from the past


Over six years ago I featured one of Al Capp's most memorable creations and last night I happened on the post, saw the unforgettable character (top) and knew he deserved a 2011 shout-out.

Which this is, being an encore of the February 6, 2005 3:01 p.m. entry.


He was one of the great characters in Al Capp's "Li'l Abner" comic strip.

The world's most loving friend and worst jinx, he always traveled with a perpetually dark rain cloud over his head.

Once he appeared on any scene, dreadfully bad luck befell anyone in his vicinity.

Though well-meaning and gentle, his reputation preceded him such that he was very lonely and feared.

His creator, Al Capp, pronounced Btfsplk with a "raspberries" sound, aka a "Bronx cheer."

Seems I was busy doing something close to nothing the other day, walking around in my raspberry beret just like I do most of the time I'm not in the OR, and I got to thinking how, but for one lousy vowel, I could have a cool last name just like Joe B.

Joe Strt.

How great is that?

I mean, no one ever spells it right the first time anyway, so why not make it impossible?

It would be pronounced just the way it is with the "i" - Strt like "dirt."

One day I may just journey on down to the courthouse and do the necessary paperwork.

Einstein memorably said, "Everything should be as simple as possible - but no simpler."



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Nobody would pronounce the Strt like it was Stirt like dirt - they'd call you Joe Start, Joe Strut (ooooh, I like that!), Joe Stir-it, or maybe Joe Saint-Rit.

Posted by: Flautist | Apr 22, 2011 1:25:29 AM

How can a person MISPRONOUNCE your last name? That takes some doing.

Posted by: Kay | Apr 21, 2011 11:27:41 PM

Just don't change your site to BJ ;-)

Posted by: Joe Peach | Apr 21, 2011 4:15:20 PM

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