Fred C. Dobbs
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Fred C. Dobbs is name-checked on the cover of "Freak Out!" (1966) under the heading "These People Have Contributed Materially In Many Ways To Make Our Music What It Is. Please Do Not Hold It Against Them".
Possible identifications of the name
- Humphrey Bogart played a greedy and amoral character in the film "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948). One of his lines: "Well, I guess we'd better dig a hole for him".
- There's also a Sunset Strip club (just down from Ben Franks) with that name: "it used to be the best place to go to meet friends and dig the juke box until the heat blew it for us... or was it that bunch of outside idiots that started hanging around towards the end there, unable to maintain their coolness?", as quoted on the Freak Out! Hot Spots map.
- The Great Sioux Massacre" (1965, a.k.a. "The Custer Massacre", "The Great Sioux Raid", and "Massacre at the Rosebud"), has the screenwriter credited as "Fred C. Dobbs"; in reality it was Marvin Gluck (it was also a reference to Humphrey Bogart).
Other more far-fetched identifications
- There is an episode called "Major Fred C. Dobbs" in the first season (November 3, 1973) of M*A*S*H, a movie (1970, directed by Robert Altman and starred Donald Sutherland as Hawkeye and Elliot Gould as Trapper John) turned into a television series (the series lasted 11 years with 251 episodes made; it won countless awards and the final show was one of the most watched television programs ever).