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Signs and wonders

Whats In A Name
Whats In A Name | Photo: lavocado/Flickr/Creative Commons License

Marshall Boyar named the streets in his father's Lakewood Park tract in 1950.

Johanna Avenue is named for Johanna Dobkin, the daughter of his father's lawyer. Flangel and Frankel streets are named for two of his former schoolmates, Harold Flangel and Jerry Frankel. Streets named McKnight, Volk, McManus, and Schroll honored men who arranged construction financing for Lakewood Park.

DeeBoyar Street was named after Boyar's wife. It is said that Gloria Street is named after an old girlfriend of Boyar's.

Allred and Dollar streets were named for servicemen reported missing in action in Korea. Bomberry Street was named for Sergeant Robbie Bomberry, who survived a North Korean massacre of captured American soldiers and returned home.

Boyar named Freckles Road after a dead cocker spaniel, run over by a car.

He also named streets Dwight, Eisenhower, Mamie, and Nixon. Since Eisenhower already had streets named in his honor in cities nearby, the county engineer directed Boyar to choose different names. He was allowed to keep Nixon and Mamie.

Boyar also considered naming streets Stevenson and Adlai. But after Eisenhower's election victory in 1952, Boyar changed his mind.

Boyar didn't name all the streets. In the Mayfair tract, where I live, the street names remember radio personalities of the 1940s, when the houses were built: Amos and Andy, Hedda for Hedda Hopper (the Hollywood gossip columnist), Autry for Gene Autry, Fidler for Jimmie Fidler (another Hollywood radio reporter), and Hersholt for Jean Hersholt (who starred in a long-running radio soap opera).

There's also a Ken Street in Lakewood, but no Barbie.