Monday, October 31, 2005

Is Scooter better than Irv?

So, for all who have, like me, been wondering: the "I" stands for "Irv."

Here's the nitty-gritty from the folks at CNN:

COLLINS: There isn't a whole lot that's funny about what happened today in our top story, but maybe the nickname of the man now charged with making false statements, perjury and obstruction of justice, his nickname. It's pretty odd, all right. And then there's that initial too.

So let's talk a little bit about Irv, who had an undeniably tough day today.


COLLINS (voice-over): Irv was born in
New Haven, Connecticut. His dad was a successful investment banker, and Irv went to all the best schools -- Andover, Yale and Columbia Law. He married another lawyer, and they have two children.

Irv has worked at the State Department, the Defense Department and the White House. He penned a novel about
Japan in his spare time.

But no one knew his real name was Irv. No, he was not a spy. He just asked everyone to call him Scooter. Irv was his real first name, hidden by the initial I. For 20 years, his staff refused to answer the questions of what the
I. stood for, but an enterprising reporter went back to Yale and found his picture in a yearbook, and his full name -- Irv Lewis Libby Jr.

As for Scooter, it's been his nickname for 54 of his 55 years. It's how his father described the way he scooted around his crib.

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