The nickname of stockbroker Lionel Whitney (Jeff Goldblum) on the detective drama TENSPEED AND BROWN SHOE/ABC/1980.
His preoccupation with reading 1930s style detective novels led him to form a detective agency to live the adventurous life. His partner was E. L. Turner (Ben Vereen) a.k.a. “Tenspeed,” a black street hustler. E. L. stood for Early LeRoy.
Note: “Brown Shoe” is a street term referring to anyone who worked in an “establishment” type position, such as banker, stock broker or any other traditional nine-to-five job.