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Thread #68478   Message #1155359
Posted By: GUEST
05-Apr-04 - 11:53 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Bocephus
Subject: RE: Origins: Bocephus
I think the official story is that comedian Rod Brasfield of the Grand Ole Opry had a ventriloquist's dummy he called Bocephus, and Hank Williams Sr. commented on the resemblance when Hank Jr. was a small boy. The question remains, where did Brasfield get the name? I have wondered if it was derived from 'Cephas', the Greek name of the apostle Peter; it wasn't an unknown name in those days in the Bible belt, but maybe it's a play on 'Josephus'.