Everyone, it seems, has a story about how he got his name.
Although Todd is my middle name (my full name is Ralph Todd Baucher, with the first name coming from my dad's father), my parents called me Todd from day one. (Interestingly, I learned a few years ago that Matt Lauer, born about a year after I did and who went to Ohio University at the same time I did, was given the full name Matthew Todd Lauer.)
So how did my parents settle on the name Todd? It comes from a British actor who died recently.
Before I was born, my parents were watching a movie starring an actor named Richard Todd. Seeing his name on the credits, they thought that might be a good name. Another interesting fact: the New York Jets once had a quarterback named Richard Todd, a star at Alabama who was the successor to Joe Namath. Whether his name...or Lauer's middle name, for that matter...came from the actor, I don't know.
Richard Todd, who died in early December at the age of 90, starred in several movies, including the D-Day epic The Longest Day, and also did work on the stage and on television. His career began to decline by the late 1960's, however, and he eventually retired.
One other note of interest: according to several biographies, Richard Todd was Ian Fleming's first choice to play the James Bond character in the first Bond movie, Dr. No. He had to decline because of a scheduling conflict, and the role went to Sean Connery.
I guess, if things had turned out differently, I could have said:
The name is Todd...Ralph Todd.
Last Sunday, December 6th, I did a story on Christmas Tree safety in which I interviewed a lady who talked about a special solution which helped keep her tree moist.
I'll share it with you:
To begin, strip three inches of bark off the butt of the tree trunk, so the solution can enter the sides as well as the bottom. In a separate container, mix the following ingredients:
2 qts. hot water
I pt. Karo syrup
2 oz. liquid bleach
Pinch of Epson salts
1/2 tsp. borax
6 pts. boiling water
It's important to add the mixture to the Christmas tree stand--the hotter the better the initial time. (Breaking the cold sap down so the solution can works toward the top of the tree is important.) The remaining solution can be added cold as needed. After a few days, cut a twig off to test. See if a match will burn the needles.