Olympic Medalist and two-time world heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman named a an electric griddle after himself. Not only that, he named his son after himself, and his other son, and his other son, and his other son, and his other son. Oh, and one of his five daughters also. That would be Georgetta.
The boys distinguish themselves officially by suffixes: Jr. and the Roman numerals: III, IV, V, and you guessed it: VI. They also have nicknames which makes things easier for the purposes of addressing who he would like to have answer him, while shrewdly setting senior up for old age by just referring to anyone he’s talking to or about as “George”. Including himself.
I can see particular virtue in the latter as I recall my grandmother in her 90’s reciting a long list of her children and grandchildren’s names before landing on the right one. The “J’s” particularly tangled her tongue. There was: Johnny (2 of them, both son and grandson), Jerry (2 of them, son-in-law and grandson), Jackie (that’s what she called me), and Jeanette (her daughter). This was followed closely by “A’s”: Anita (2 of them, daughter and grandaughter) and Angela.
To make things a bit more interesting and challenging, Anita and Angela were twins. Carl, Helen, Dawn, Mike and Brenda were still added to the brain batter at times when they were either on point, or via some kind of guilt association with the “Six J’s”.
Similarly, postmasters across the US occasionally have stumbled when recalling their “children” so to speak. Many towns have the same name, so who could blame them (aside from those whose mail was misdirected)? Being the clever masters of post that they are however, they have had a longstanding tradition of limiting their liability thusly: “You can’t blame me, I did have the letters sent to Springfield, it was just in the wrong state. How was I to know? Work on your penmanship.”
Just for kicks and in case you were about to leave this post and site to answer the question “What are the most common names for towns in the US?”, you are in luck as I’m feeling particularly charitable with trivial information this morning. That and I’m moving a half a notch quicker due to the ready availability of caffeinated coffee, the active ingredient of which I usually avoid in my morning cuppa Joe.
So here it goes, the most common town names in the US followed by the number of occurrences (I think you will notice a bit of a presidential theme):
- Franklin (31)
- Clinton, Washington (29 each)
- Arlington (28)
- Chester, Georgetown, Madison, Salem (27 each)
- Fairfield, Greenville, Kingston, Marion, Riverside, Springfield (26 each)
Much like George’s sons George, each of these towns now have it’s own number to distinguish them, albeit in Arabic instead of the Roman numerals. Thus the introduction of the familiar postal “zip” code was the end of a significant loophole for mail carriers. Sorry about that, guys and gals.
Which naturally brings me to this here Datsun.
Nissan, in it’s wisdom, found it convenient (or lazy) to name many of its children George. Although George in this case is spelled “1600”. Thereby pre-positioning itself for success during the inevitable onset of the brain-ular misfirings of old age. When asking Grandpa Nissan who broke the vase in the hallway? The answer was within easy reach, “It had to be 1600. Let the beatings commence!” Comprende? Bueno.
The Nissan Datsun 1600 came in the following flavors:
- The Datsun 1600 sold in Australia, with the alias “510” in the US,
- The Datsun 1600 sold in Australia as the 1600 Coupe, which was known elsewhere as the Nissan Silvia, and
- The Datsun 1600 that was known as Fairlady 1600 Roadster or the Datsun Sports 1600 depending on the market.
It’s the latter we are discussing here today, in case you are keeping score.
The Datsun Fairlady 1600 was a 1960’s era roadster designed to compete with the British and Italian cars of similar proportion and was a precursor to the Fairlady “Z” cars. After unveiling, it caught the attention of it’s Japanese rivals from Honda, Daihatsu, and Toyota who produced their own flavors of minimalist front-engine, rear-drive sports cars. We should be so lucky today.
This 1967 model was known internally as the SPL311. The “L” representing Left hand drive. The 1.6 liter inline-4 engine could develop 95 hp and was mated to a 4-speed synchromesh manual transmission and could top out at 105 mph.
This White over black example has approximately 67,000 miles on it and has had the engine rebuilt which currently runs well. The seller states that it drives very well, has no rust and is all original. All switches are in working order and the clean interior has had the seats redone. While the convertible top needs replacement, it has been garage kept and has a new fuel pump along with new tires.
So everybody, here’s the opportunity to acquire an original classic Japanese roadster. If you are so inclined to park this one in your garage, you might consider naming it George. Just sayin’.
The asking price for this convertible is $15,000 and the listing can be found HERE on eBay.