On the sitcom BEWITCHED/ABC/1964-72, Endora the witch (Agnes Moorehead) hated the fact that her daughter Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) had lowered herself to marry a mortal man, Darrin Stephens (Dick York/Dick Sargent).

In an effort to forget this fact or just to bother Darrin, she never pronounced his name properly. Endora has called him: Durwood, Darwin, Dagwood, Donald, Dennis, Dum-Dum, Dumbo, Derek, Darwood, Durweed, Darius, David, and Dobbin (a term also used by his warlock father-in-law, Maurice).


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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