Fat Man

The celebrity nickname of British radio/TV personality Tom Vernon who starred in a series of travelogues sponsored by PBS and Britain’s Channel 4 Television wherein he biked about the world in search of Epicurean delights (Food y’all).


In the 1980s “Fat Man Goes Norse”, he visited towns in Norway and ate smoked reindeer  In the 1990s “Fat Man Goes Gaucho,” the blimpy Brit bicycled a thousand miles and feasted on the Argentinean cowboy delicacy, fried bull’s testicles…Gulp! And in a 1991 installment, “The Fat Man Goes Cajun,” Mr. Vernon experienced the Cajun culture and chowed down on Louisiana sausage, crayfish and alligator.With all of his bicycling bravado, he still weighed in at 250-295 pounds.

Note: Another popular TV Fat Man appeared on the detective drama JAKE AND THE FAT MAN/CBS/1987-91 which starred the portly William Conrad as Jason Lockinvar McCabe, (a.k.a. the “Fat Man” and “Buster), a prosecuting District Attorney who chased down criminals in Los Angeles and later Honolulu with the assistance of his partner, Jake Styles (Joe Penny).

And, finally, in the early days of radio,  J. Scott as Brad Runyon was the star of the radio series “The Fat Man” created by Dashiell Hammett and based on his magazine detective “The Continental Op.”

In military terms “Fat Man” was the name bestowed on the Atomic Bomb (11 feet long by 5 feet in diameter) dropped onto the Japanese city of Nagasaki on August 9th 1945. Reportedly, it was nicknamed after the British politician, Winston Churchill.


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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