Dagwood and Mr. Dithers
Dagwood Bumstead is a main character in the long-running comic strip Blondie. He first appeared sometime prior to February 17, 1933. He was originally heir to the Bumstead Locomotive fortune, but was disowned when he married a flapper (originally known as Blondie Boopadoop) whom his family saw as below his class. He has since worked hard at J.C. Dithers & Company (currently as the construction company's office manager) to support his family; 326
Dale, Dick (b. 1937)
Surf rock guitarist, known as "The King Of The Surf Guitar". He experimented with reverberation and made use of custom made Fender amplifiers, including the first-ever 100-watt amp.36; the original surf guitarist, 36
128; Gothic soap opera that originally aired weekdays on the ABC television network, from June 27, 1966 to April 2, 1971. In addition to vampires, Dark Shadows featured werewolves, ghosts, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, warlocks, time travel (both into the past and into the future), and a parallel universe; Japonica humming theme, 176; Jonathan Frid, 233
168: "Dig it! just in from Darmstadt, lab quality, ..."; undoubtedly a reference to Merck KGaA pharmaceutical labs, a German chemical and pharmaceutical company headquartered in Darmstadt, founded in 1668 and the world's oldest operating chemical and pharmaceutical company:
After Wilhelm Adam Sertürner's isolation of morphine from opium in 1805, Merck pioneered (from 1827) the commercial manufacture of morphine for an expanding global market. From 1884 onwards, Merck also played role in the production and marketing of cocaine. Sigmund Freud, author of Über Coca (1884), was an enthusiastic collaborator in Merck's coca research, though the methodological sophistication of his self-experimentation studies has been challenged." Wikipedia
Darren, James "Moondoggie" (b. 1936)
Originally a teen idol, in the early 1960s, Darren is an American television and film actor, television director, and singer. He played Moondoggie in Gidget (1961), a film about surfers etc.; ; in The Time Tunnel, 261
Davis, Ruth Elizabeth "Bette"
10; Davis (1908-1989) was an American actress of film, television and theatre. Noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic characters, she was highly regarded for her performances in a range of film genres--from contemporary crime melodramas to historical and period films and occasional comedies, though her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice and in 1999 placed second, after Katharine Hepburn, on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest female stars of all time.
Davis, Sammy (1925-1990)
American actor, comedian, singer, dancer, impressionist and musician, who remains known for being a member of the 'Rat Pack' of entertainers of the Fifties and Sixties, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford; watching Jonathan Frid in Las Vegas, 233
148; Boris Spivey's "fiancee" in Pico Rivera; 152; missing, 215
4; DayGlo is a tradename, and a common name for blacklight ink or blacklight-reactive ink that glows under a black light, a source of light whose wavelengths are primarily in the ultraviolet. The paint may or may not be colorful under ordinary light. It is also known as fluorescent paint. Very popular in the 1960s and 1970s
241; A dealing shoe or dealer's shoe is a gaming device, mainly used in casinos, to hold multiple decks of playing cards.
Dear Abby is the name of the notable advice column founded in 1956 by Pauline Phillips under the pen name, Abigail Van Buren, and carried on today by her daughter, Jeanne Phillips, who now owns the legal rights to the pen name. According to Pauline Phillips, she came up with the pen name, Abigail Van Buren, by combining the name of a biblical figure, Abigail in the Book of Samuel, with the last name of former U.S. President Martin Van Buren; 3
10; Doc's neighbor 'from down the hill'; everybody pronounces his name to rhyme with 'penis'; reminiscent of Cheech; 124; attended Leuzinger High, 168; fire from smoking joint in bed, 296; 339
160; written by Antonio Carlos Jobim, it was a 1962 hit for Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd; Spanish for "slightly out of tune"
Dick Tracy Junior G-Man
277; Dick Tracy long-running comic strip featuring a popular and familiar character in American pop culture, created by Chester Gould. He is a hard-hitting, fast-shooting, and supremely intelligent police detective who has matched wits with a variety of colorful villains, many based on real-life gangsters. Junior G-Man clubs were for those kids who wanted to join the FBI instead of the Boy Scouts.
Dietz & Schwartz
160; "Alone Together" (1932); It was introduced in the Broadway musical Flying Colors in 1932 by Jean Sargent. The first jazz version was by Artie Shaw in 1939; "Haunted Heart" 233
Dion (b. 1939)
Dion DiMucci is an American singer-songwriter who blended elements of doo-wop, pop, and R&B styles; "Runaround Sue" ("Here's my story, it's sad but true..."), 11
360; Petunia's husband, a bass player
210: Dead on Arrival
This would be the 1920s. William Gibbs McAdoo (1863-1941) took a payment of $25,000 from oil executive Edward Doheny (1856-1935), an American oil tycoon, in connection with the Teapot Dome scandal, but returned it once he discovered Doheny's links with Secretary of the Interior Albert Bacon Fall. McAdoo, Woodrow Wilson's son-in-law and the leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1924, had served as an attorney for Doheny's oil businesses; 343
Domino, Fats (b. 1928)
Classic R&B and rock and roll pianist and singer-songwriter; "never to be" (from "Bluberry Hill"), 77; "Blueberry Hill" was written in 1940 and was recorded by Gene Krupa, Glenn Miller, and Gene Autry, and others. In 1956, Fats Domino (b. 1928) recorded it and it was a #2 hit on the Billboard Top 40. Excerpt:
- The wind in the willow played
- Love's sweet melody
- But all of those vows we made
- Were never to be
Cartoon character from The Walt Disney Company. Donald is a white anthropomorphic duck with a yellow-orange bill, legs, and feet. He usually wears a sailor shirt, cap, and a red or black bow tie, but no trousers (except when he goes swimming). Donald's most famous personality trait is his easily provoked and explosive temper; 28
131; a be-bop standard composed by Miles Davis, and his first recorded composition. Authorship is sometimes incorrectly attributed to Charlie Parker. It was named after bassist Curly Russell's daughter, Donna Lee Russell.
American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, California by vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore, and guitarist Robby Krieger. After Morrison's death on July 3, 1971, the remaining members continued as a threesome until disbanding in 1973; "People Are Strange (When You're a Stranger)" was a single released in September 1967, and was included on the Doors' second album, Strange Days 81
Douglas, Kirk (b. 1916)
American actor and film producer recognized for his cleft chin, his gravelly voice and his recurring roles as the kinds of characters Douglas himself once described as "sons of bitches"; father of actor Michael Douglas; Champion (1949), 336
113; Doc's neighbor, in graduate film program at SC; 256
Dr. Marcus Welby
Medical drama that aired on ABC from September 23, 1969 to July 29, 1976. It starred Robert Young as the title character, a family practitioner with a kind bedside manner, and was produced by David Victor and David J. O'Connell. The pilot aired as an ABC Movie of the Week on March 26, 1969; 97
Dr. No (1962), starring Sean Connery, is the first James Bond film. Based on the 1958 Ian Fleming novel of the same name, it was adapted by Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood, and Berkely Mather. The film was directed by Terence Young; white loafers worn by Dr. No, 118
Dracula - "Drac's a part of the band"
299; Reference to "Monster Mash," recorded originally by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Cryptkickers, and covered by the Beach Boys (1964) and by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band on Tadpoles and in 1968 performed it on the British television series Do Not Adjust Your Set - ("Now everything's cool, Drac's a part of the band, and my monster mash is the hit of the land...")
101; aka Leonard Jermain Loosemeat, heroin dealer in Venice, specifically Coy Harlingen's dealer; 39; 211; steady customer of Adrian Prussia, 212; found dead, 264; 300
D and D
184; drunk and disorderly?
52; worked with Doc Sportello at Gotcha!; 94; 194; 258; 316; "in the desert someplace" 365
Dubonnet, Lt. Pat
41; the officer who informed Hope Harlingen about her husband's death, a contemporary of Bigfoot Bjornson, a detective; "top kahuna" out of the Gordita Beach station, 46; his name is a pun on the children's board book Pat the Bunny.
Rocío Dúrcal (1944-2006) was a Spanish singer and actress; on Adolfo's radio, 338
259; Dr. Noguchi's Labrador retriever
78; where Lourdes and Motella got their dresses, at the Hong Kong Hilton