As promised I am going to tell the short story of how Dr. Ross was given the nickname "Butch" as a child.
As many of you are aware, "Butch" was born December 19, 1943 in Whitefish, Montana.
Our father Marlo was in the military service stationed in the mid west and was being shipped to mainland Europe during WWII.
Mother Nickie started her new life with little Ross one block from Grandpa and Grandma Lence and next door to two old sisters from the true wild west, Minnie and Bid.
The sisters were born circa 1870 in Idaho and were raised by their father who owned a saloon and gambling house post Civil War in Idaho.
Minnie was named after the "little minnie" which in the original Book of Hoyle was the 2nd highest straight in "draw poker" (ace through 5) and the highest hand in "low Ball" poker.
Bid was named after the opening play or "bid" in poker.
The sisters were Ross' first and only babysitters.
Our mother Nickie wanted to protect Ross raising him alone with a father in Europe and not knowing when, or if, Marlo would return from WWII. She asked Minnie and Bid for advice and they said to give him a tough name to grow up with as a moniker. Falling back on their days growing up in a saloon and gambling house in the wild west after the Civil War the "tough name" the sisters advised was "Butch."
Our mother agreed and hench Ross was called "Butch" by all who knew him well. Grandma Lence called him "Butchie."
Incidentally, these two elderly sisters taught Ross (and later me) how to play poker by the time we were 3 years old and how to mark cards by the time we were four.
My God, could Brother Butch play poker well as a kid with his phenomenal memory and math skills.
He was ruthless in his weekly quests for our allowances.