This time of year, I hear the name Burl Ives.
Very rarely during the year do I ever hear that name, save at Christmas. Probably because of "Holly Jolly Christmas", which the man made famous. And because he is the voice of the snowman in "Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer." I haven't seen that in so long I can't remember if he sings this in the show or not.
Anyway, yesterday on my favorite morning radio show, Mike & Mike in the Morning, Mike Greenberg and someone else were talking about Burl.
Why there aren't more people in this world named Burl I don't know. It's a great name. I mean, for a guy, not a lady, of course.
Think about it. No matter your last name, Burl goes with it. And no matter what, you sound like either a world class athlete or a rugged individualist patriot.
Burl Van Dyke.
But wait a minute. There's something I didn't think of- I may be wrong.
Yep, no doubt about it. There's an exception to every rule.
And that is- what if you're French?
I think being named Burl de Lafite would still get your butt kicked in grade school.