How to get "JJ" from Eugene
My given name is Eugene Edward Schmidt, Junior. My father was of course
also named Eugene Edward Schmidt and was called "Jeep" after the Popeye
character Eugene the Jeep. Although he acquired the nickname early in
life (college?), it followed him forever. To his closest friends, he was
fondly known as "Jeep". When I was born, my parents had the fear that
people would call me "junior" so someone gave me the moniker "Jeep Junior"
and shortened it to "J.J." or "JJ". Some people just call me "J" but
spell it "Jay" if they don't know the whole story.
Now it turns out Jeep is pretty interesting.
Eugene the Jeep was a character in the syndicated Popeye cartoons. When asking
what a Jeep was, Popeye was told,
"A Jeep is an animal living in a three dimensional world-in this case our
world- but really belonging to a fourth dimensional world. Here's what
happened. A number of Jeep life cells were somehow forced through the
dimensional barrier into our world. They combined at a favorable time with free
life cells of the African Hooey Hound. The electrical vibrations of the Hooey
Hound cell and the foreign cell were the same. They were kindred cells. In
fact, all things are to some extent are relative, whether they be of this or
some other world, now you see. The extremely favorable conditions of
germination in Africa caused a fusion of these life cells. So the uniting of
kindred cells caused a transmutation. The result, a mysterious strange animal."
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