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The Slice: Sampling some catchy pet names

Tue., Aug. 24, 2010, midnight

If I printed half the reader-supplied answers to the questions about favorite albums and pet names, it might fill up every Slice column between now and Halloween.

Instead, let’s check out a sample and call it a day. Thanks, though, to all who responded.

“ ‘Tea for the Tillerman’ was the record album that I was so in love with and in the process of wearing out when I joined the U.S. Navy in 1971,” wrote Owen Fullmer, referring to the landmark Cat Stevens LP.

Craig Mahorney’s family named a litter of kittens after characters in the Vietnam movie “Full Metal Jacket.”

“We had Private Snowball, Private Joker and Private Pyle,” he wrote.

Mike Floyd said The Cars’ self-titled debut album in 1978 was the record he almost played the grooves off.

“It was the first record I ever bought,” he wrote. “Rode my bike to NorthTown (when it was an open-air mall) and forked over my hard-earned $7 at DJ’s and listened to that thing over and over. I still know every single word to each song.”

Cathy McCoy was a little embarrassed when she took her family’s dogs in to see the vet recently. Their names are Yogi and Boo Boo.

The vet said, “That’s OK, we had Pebbles and Bam Bam here yesterday.”

Bill Fields just about wore out Miles Davis’ “Sketches of Spain.” He was fresh out of the service in the early ’60s and trying to regain his “cool.”

In Janet Orr’s extended family, “To Kill a Mockingbird” is the source text and inspiration for pet names. For those keeping score, Boo is a cat.

Though she nearly played it to death, Janet Culbertson still has her copy of Jethro Tull’s “Aqualung.”

Betty Dayton’s family lived in Hawaii when “Tora! Tora! Tora!” was being filmed, so they named their new dog Tora. Without the exclamation point.

One more: “I nearly wore the grooves off the Rolling Stones album ‘Tattoo You,’ ” wrote Jeannie Maki.

And that just scratches the surface.

Today’s Slice question: Do lifeguards at pools suffer hearing loss because of kids’ squealing?

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