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Monday, April 18, 2005
When I was a kid, I was vaguely aware that the name Alvin, of Alvin and the Chipmunks, was kind of unusual. His brothers, Simon and Theodore, at least had names that seemed normal.
Somewhere in the last forty years, I got the idea that all three names were good traditional Catholic names. That's as far as I got.
Today, finally, I realized: Monks. Brother Simon, Brother Theodore, Brother Alvin. Chip Monks.
(Ironically, there's an Arlo and Janis strip -- I think -- where a character realizes "Wait a minute...Chippendale...Chip and Dale! Now I get it!" Must be something about rodents.)
P.S: The official Chipmunks site claims that the 3 names were the names of executives at the record company that Ross Bagdasarian (aka Dave Seville) was with -- and given that those men actually used the names "Si", "Ted", and "Al", I'm guessing that they were strongly non-Catholic. I intend to ignore this information.