Brown Shoe

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.


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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