Boner

Nickname of Richard Stabone (Josh Andrew Koenig), the best friend of psychiatrist’s son Mike Seaver (Kirk Cameron) on the sitcom GROWING PAINS/ABC/1985-92.

Boner’s character was fun-loving but awkward. He was very fond of the Seaver family especially Mike’s sister Carol (Tracey Gold) on whom he had a crush.

When Mike Seaver first met Richard at the school bus stop as a child he dubbed him “Boner” (distilled from Stabone). Upon hearing his new name Richard objected saying “But all the name tags in my underwear say “Dicky.”

When Richard graduated his diploma read “Boner Stabone.” His friend Mike quipped “You got Boner on your Diploma?” “Yeah,” said Richard, “It cost extra.”

Soon after leaving high school, Boner joined the Marines and effectively left the series.

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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