Squidhead - Dave Thomas, comedy veteran of SCTV NETWORK 90/NBC/1981-83
and THE DAVE THOMAS COMEDY SHOW/CBS/1990 was called "Squidhead" by his childhood
schoolmates because he happened to have a head (7 3/4 XL) disproportionate to
his body. As he said on the 6/18/90 segment of THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW his body
was just a convenient vehicle for taking his head from place to place.
Squints - What FBI agents call brainy researchers (science geeks) on the
crime drama BONES/FOX/2005+ The key "squint" in the series is Temperance Brennan
(Emily Deschanel), a headstrong forensic anthropologist who collaborates with
the FBI during criminal investigations. Brennan's nickname is "Bones" (which she
hates) because she is an expert with skeletal remains.
He's got no sense of discretion, that kid. Typical squint.
I don't know what that means.
When cops get stuck we bring in people like you, ya know? Squints.
You know, squint at things.
Oh you mean people with very high IQs and basic reasoning skills?
Star Killer - The nickname of star pilot Captain John Sheridan (Bruce
Boxleitner) on the sci-fi adventure BABYLON 5/SYN/1994-98. During the initial
rumblings of the Earth Minbari War, Sheridan sent out a distress signal to lure
a Minbari warship close enough to detonate a payload of nuclear weapons. The
ruse was successful and the ship called "The Black Star" ("Dral-a-fee" in
Minbari) was destroyed and thus was born Sheridan's nickname of Star Killer. He
was also called Swamp Rat by his military friends.
Stay in Tent See - "Swins
Like a Fish"
Starbuck - Nickname of FBI agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) on the
fantasy drama THE X-FILES/FOX/1993-2002. Her father gave Dana this name because
he was a fan of Starbuck, the able lieutenant in Herman Melville's classic 1851
novel Moby Dick. Dana called her father "Ahab," after the tyrannical captain who
sought the White Whale in the same novel. The sci-fi series BATTLESTAR GALACTICA/ABC/1978-80
featured a starship fighter named Lt. Starbuck (Dirk Benedict). See also
- DOGS: "Queequeg"
Steverino - Steve Allen was often called "Steverino" by comedian, Louis
Nye when he performed in the "Man-in-the-Street" sketches on THE TONIGHT
SHOW/NBC/1954-57. Using a number of talented comedians including Don Knotts, Tom
Poston, Bill Dana, Pat Harrington, Dayton Allen (of "Why Not!" fame) and Gabriel
Dell of the Bowery Boys, Steve conducted mock "Man on the Street" interviews.
Louis Nye would play the bubbly, "Man about Town" Gordon Hathaway who always
greeted Steve Allen with "Hi, Ho Steverino!" For a time in the 1950s, the Baskin
and Robbins Ice Cream Company dedicated a new flavor called "Steverino."
Stingray - The code name for a mysterious man (Nick Mancuso) on the
adventure STINGRAY/NBC/1986-87 who drove a black 1965 Corvette Stingray and
helped people out of life threatening situations. The only thing he asked of
anyone he helped was a promise that they would help him (only once) in the
future. When time came to pay up they had to do anything he asked...no questions
asked. His method of operation was reminiscent of Mario Puzo's Godfather, but
with nicer overtones. When asked about his M. O. he said " Okay, I'll tell you
this much. The world runs on money. Everybody walks around with this invisible
number in their heads. You hit the figure close enough, the penny drops, you own
the man. In Hong Kong you can buy a murder for five bucks. In New York City a
sloppy job runs you five hundred. A neat, clean, professional hit, upwards of
ten grand. On skid row they'll kill you for your shoes. I take money out of the
equation. My hands don't sweat, because I'm never at the pay window. When it
came to planning he said: "I got a plan A and a Plan B. Plan B is making Plan A
Stinky - A bratty little kid dressed in a Little Lord Fauntleroy outfit
(played by pudgy comedian Joe Besser), who terrorized the tenants at Sidney
Fields Hollywood Boarding House on the sitcom THE ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SHOW/SYN/1951-53.
When Lou Costello tried to discipline the boy, Stinky threatened him with the
silly declaration "Ewwww! I'll harm You!" Stinky was also the school nickname of
lawyer Crosby Caufield (Peter Krause) on the legal drama THE GREAT
DEFENDER/FOX/1995. It seems he had bit of a problem with foot fungus.
Stinkerbelle - Childhood nickname that Teddy Reed (Sela Ward) still used
to described her younger sister Frankie (Julianne Phillips), the youngest of
four sisters on the drama SISTERS/NBC/1991-96.
Straw Hut Circuit - Industry trade name given to 1950s TV series with a
jungle format (JUNGLE JIM, RAMAR OF THE JUNGLE, SHEENA, QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE, THE
ADVENTURES OF JUNGLE BOY, and THE AFRICAN PATROL.
Street Hawk See -
Stringbean - The nickname of comedy writer, Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) on
the sitcom THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW/CBS/1961-66. It was given to him by Happy
Spangler (J. C. Flippen), the man responsible for teaching Rob how to write
comedy material. Another character called Stringbean was David "Stringbean"
Akeman one of the regular performers on the country-and-western program HEE
HAW/CBS/SYN/1969-92. And Stringbean was the childhood nickname of actress Connie
Ray who starred on the sitcom THE TORKELSONS/NBC/1991-93. Born in White Cross,
North Carolina, her favorite childhood memory was spring on her dairy farm, when
she could lie in the middle of a field and see the impression of her body on the
grass. See also - "Bones"
and "Rapid Robert"
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