Grandma’s Nicknames

September 12, 2005

VintageBroJo

Our Grandma Grantham was a nicknamer and to the best of my recollection my little sister, (Marsha), was the only one to escape one of her nicknames.

My older sisters, (Mary and Margie), were tagged with Mitsy and Bitsy. I’m still not real sure where those names came from.

(Margie had another nickname the nurses at the hospital gave her, but I am keeping that one disclosed for now since she is my fellow middle sibling).

My older brother, (Doug), was knighted Casey, as in Casey Jones.

Little Donny used to tease Grandma by calling her Granny, so she got even with him by nicknaming him Tubby.

She nicknamed me Speedy after the little Alka-Seltzer animated guy on TV at the time because I was born so fast Mom didn’t have a chance to make it to the hospital. (I was born at home with a little help from Dad and the neighbor lady).

So here is a vintage 1960’s photo commemorating the Brothers Jones of yesteryear… Casey, Speedy, and Tubby.

The Comments

Don Jones

Woah!!! This makes me laugh. I remember Doug’s Chucka boots. Boy, did they ever stink! Dennis you are so European by holding your Swisher Sweet like that. I always loved wearing fake dickies… just like Illya Kuryakin from Man from U.N.C.L.E. Also, nice fuzzy photoshop job Den.

Dennis Jones

…pipe down there, Tubby…

Doug Jones

hey.. what’s that stuff growing on top of our heads? Weird!

Dennis Jones

…well… it used to be the rest of the family… but not any more in this picture…

Dennis Jones

oh… I just got it… you’re not talking about my bad Photoshopping job… you’re talking about hair…

Dennis Jones

…Casey…

Doug Jones

Grandma’s house was also where Don got his coffee habit. After a meal, he would go around the table and drink whatever coffee was left over in the cups.

Uncle Roy

Your mom said Bernice King did some of the naming also. Mitsy, Bitsy, Casey were all named by aunt Bernince. Tubby and Speedy were named by Grandma G. (Your mom is here now and so this is a fact)!!!!!

Don Jones

It was the precursor to iced coffee drinks. I was simply ahead of my time.

Don Jones

Sure would like to know Margie’s nickname. My curiosity is killin’ me. Help us out here Mom.

Dennis Jones

…well, Uncle Roy… I did (at the least) get a small portion of the nickname story right… and for me, getting a small portion of anything right is pretty groundbreaking…

Uncle Roy

Mom said “I ain’t gona tell you”!

Don Jones

As curator of the Brother Jones archives it is my duty to seek out and obtain this highly confidential Marjorie nickname in some other manner. Maybe a phone tap is in order?

Doug Jones

I’m so glad to see that BrotherJones is distributing false information… just like the rest of the internet. We are on the cutting edge here in disbursing false information. To quote the president… “Denny, you’re doing a heck of a job.”

Dennis Jones

Thank you Mr. President!

Dennis Jones

…in my next journal article I will recount my fascinating recollections of serving as Ambassador to Guatemala…

Doug Jones

I thought you were head of our embassy in Nixa

TubMan

I thought you stepped down from that position and took up the Brother Jones FEMA chapter for Northern Indiana.

Doug Jones

I’d start evacuating Indiana right now…

Doug Jones

If I didn’t know better… I would think from this photo that you and Tubby are sharing a joint.

Don Jones

There’s just something about Dennis’ SPOCK-like doo that just cracks me up. I remember wanting those goofy looking glasses because of some comedian on the Laugh-In show.

Roberto

forgive me for intruding into this most fascinating family conversation, but this picture looks like the precursor to the famed Hanson Bros. rock band – which one of you guys played the drums? Is that Mickey Dolenz in the middle? -Roberto aka Onion Head (a nickname my uncle Dave gave me)

Dennis Jones

…thats not a Spock hair-do!… its Dads rendition of a Beatles haircut!… kind of a compromise sort of thing… “you can have the bangs in the front, but its not going to cover your ears”…

Don Jones

Hey Onion Head, This ain’t no precursor to the Hanson band… it’s the original thug brothers from Mountain Grove known as the Jonesy Clan.

Dennis Jones

…yes, we certainly looked like a tough group here, didnt we Don?…

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Grandma’s Table

September 14, 2005

GrandmasTable

Well, since my somewhat factually challenged article yesterday on Grandma’s nicknames created such a stir, I think I’ll make up another one today.

Here we are sitting down for a meal at Grandma’s house in Walnut Grove.

Can you spot little Tubby? He is the one keeping an eye on Grandpa’s coffee cup and saucer hoping for leftovers.

The Comments

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I see a cheese smile theme here. Did you and Don practice this pose in the mirror together?

Don Jones

The big grins are symptomatic of a well-adjusted and enjoyable childhood. (and the fact that we probably just smoked some of Grandpa’s grape vines.)

Doug Jones

For the last time… PASS THE GRAVY! …and the biscuits …and the Folger’s….

Dennis Jones

…good to the last drop… the gravy that is…

TubMan

… good until you drop.

Doug Jones

hey… when I was in grade school… I used to read a comic book called Tubby… do either of you remember that?

Don Jones

I remember the comic NANCY. It was awesome.

Dennis Jones

…if I remember Mom’s story correctly, that is, in fact, the character Grandma nicknamed Don after…

Dennis Jones

Tubby… not Nancy…

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The youth of the brother’s trio appears to be easily distracted, while the more mature always seems focused (or is that bored?).

uncle si

this is my relations? why is my picture not in here?

Don Jones

‘Cause, Uncle Si … you were wise enough to move out of state.

Lynn Grantham

Do you actually remember this? That is “me” between you guys, right?

Dennis Jones

Yes Lynn, I do believe that is you… and you are obviously dreaming about one day owning a Triumph Spitfire…

Lynn Grantham

Ah yes, the spitfire, I remember it well. But first there was the Opel Cadet… wait that died on you, ooops…

Dennis Jones

HEY… that Opel was one fine little automobile… until I ran the transmission out of it… I left it sitting on the side of the road in Nashville, bought a Harley Davidson motorcycle and rode it back home to Missouri… the summer of 77 if I remember right…