Waitress Vera Louise Gorman (Beth Howland) was called “Dinghy” by her gruff, boisterous boss Melvyn Sharples (Vic Tayback), the owner of Mel’s roadside diner on the sitcom ALICE/CBS/1976-85.

Once Mel explained to a former Navy buddy the reason why he called Vera “Dinghy.” Simply, he was the Captain of his ship and every ship has a “dinghy” (a dinghy being a small boat, rowboat carried on a warship, yacht or motor cruiser).


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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