5 thoughts on “Odd German Names Redux

  1. Here is another American with an odd German name:

    William Ruckelshaus, who had multiple US government and executive positions, most famous for being the FBI chief who resigned on principle rather than carry out an order from Richard Nixon.

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  2. I also think “Duchscherer” (a pitcher currently on the Oakland A’s) is an odd name. It may sound normal to Germans, though.

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  3. Such names are scattered throughout the prairies of western Canada. Names like Fleischacker, Ostertag, and Kalbfleisch are not uncommon. A Saskatchewan provincial minister’s name was Schoenhals.

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  4. Ruckelshaus wasn’t the FBI chief – I think you’re confusing him with the FBI official who was Woodward and Bernstein’s source cosde-named Deep Throat. Ruckelshaus was an assistant Attorney General who resigned rather than fire Archibald Cox, the first Special Prosecutor in the Watergate affair.

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  5. Oops, appears Ruckelshaus WAS FBI chief for a brief period before moving on to the Justice Department. Elliot Richardson was the first to resign over the order to fire Cox, then Ruckelshaus. I think the Solicitor General (a man named Robert Bork) eventually fired Cox.

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