Although most of our classmates certainly went by their given names, there were others who were much better known by their nicknames while we were going to school. Some of the names were logical and natural, such as "Jimmy" for James or "Dickie" for Richard. Some other nicknames, on the other hand, were totally unique, such as "Snatch," "Fish Head" or "Easy," leading one to wonder how they ever came about.
Please review the nicknames in the table below and let us know if you know of other nicknames that we inadvertently missed. Using the short survey form that follows, please inform us of additional nicknames, and more importantly, tell us a story if you're familiar with how any of these names came about.
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Who was named "Snatch" and how did the nickname come about?
Who was named "Neef" and how did the nickname come about?
Who was named "Oscar" and how did the nickname come about?
Who was named "Bunting" and how did the nickname come about?
Who was "Slim" and how did he get the nickname?
Most of us know who "Fish Head" was, but how did he get the nickname?
How did "Pete" get his nickname?
You'll have to be a Son of Iolani to know who was named "Penguin". Hint: some thought he looked like one.
If you attended the 50th Birthday celebration in Las Vegas you know who "Brillo" was. Who gave him the nickname and did it stick?
How did Lui get his nickname?
I'll answer this one myself. When we used to have study hall in the old termite eaten gym, teachers used to do a roll call and in the process inevitably mispronounced my surname as "Lui" instead of "Liu." So then the nickname of "Lui" somehow stuck. But of course, I was known to people either as "Lui" or as "Leighton Liu." But once at a dance a girl came up to me and said, "So your name is Lui Liu?" This sounded so funny that it cracked me up.