Bull

The towering, bald court bailiff Nostradamus Shannon (Richard Moll) on the sitcom NIGHT COURT/NBC/1984-92 was known more commonly by the nickname “Bull.” He received his moniker from his mother who reportedly said, “Bull” when she found out she was pregnant.

Bull wrote a book called “Puff the Flesh Eating Dragon” and entered it into a children’s book writing contest. The storyline was described as Mother Goose meets the Terminator. Bull became depressed however, when he discovered the story was scaring kids.

Bull’s later works included “The Snake Pit of Chucky’s Mind”; “The Azzari Sisters: An Adventure in Fun”; and “Bull on Bull” (which he self-published after 426 publishers refused his manuscript). He made it a best-seller by buying multiple copies of the book at $11 a copy.

Note: On the legal drama BULL/CBS/2016, Michael Weatherly starred as Dr. Jason Bull, a charming and cocky consultant with the Trial Analysis Corporation, that uses a team of experts who employ psychology, human intuition and high-tech data to understand jurors, lawyers, witnesses and defendants, and construct effective narratives to help their clients win.

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About

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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