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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Why Jack?

What's with the calling people Jack in the 30s?
Joseph A Gayek (effects) was called Jack Gayek...
And here are three directors:
John Frederick Hannah was called Jack Hannnah...
James Patton King was called Jack King...
John Kinney was called Jack Kinney...
And I guess there were several others! But why?

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Anonymous Anonymous says...

There were also Jack (John Morin) Bradbury (animator/comic book artist) and Jack (Carlton) Boyd (effects animator).

Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 11:39:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Thad says...

Don't forget Jack (John) Mercer.

Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 2:20:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Nicolas Barbano says...

And John Eichelbaum became Jack L. Warner! According to Wikipedia, "Jack" was originally a nickname for John and Jacob, and traditionally refers to a sailor, as in "Jack tar", or any other non-specific labourer, as in "lumberjack" and "Jack of all trades".

Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 2:55:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Boris Hiestand says...

John becomes Jack, like Richard becomes Dick, and James becomes Jim, William becomes Bill.. the English have a strange way of abbreviating names.. doesn't make a lot of sense to me!

groetjes

Monday, February 19, 2007 at 2:06:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Ah, Boris - but Dick is SHORT for Richard, Jim is SHORT for James and Bill is SHORT for William. Jack can never be short for John...
(Groetjes terug!)

Monday, February 19, 2007 at 2:13:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Joe Campana says...

Oh Thad... "Jack" Mercer was actually Winfield Mercer.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at 9:40:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Larry T says...

Also WB animator John Carey was consistently referred to as "Jack" Carey.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at 11:30:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Jack The Ripper says...

Hit the road, Jack!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at 8:56:00 PM PST  

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