The military nickname of Sergeant Alva Lucille “Gunny” Bricker (Beverly Archer), the sour-faced female Marine staff officer on the sitcom MAJOR DAD/CBS/1989-93.

Note: Another “Gunny” was William “Gunny” Davis (Jonathan Winters), a retired Marine gunnery sergeant on the sitcom DAVIS RULES/ABC/CBS/1991-92. He once translated the meaning of USMC as Uncle Sam’s Miserable Children.


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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