|Dear fellow Jeds:
Well well well here is a web-site devoted to
proudly stand up and say, in a clear strong
am Jed!" without hearing a chorus of shouts
return from the audience, "Like Jed Clampett?".
Like Jed Clampett. Indeed. For this is why I have
name. Yes, my fellow Jeds, I confess that I have
spent countless late-nite hours
staring up at the ceiling, wondering how on earth
parents, born and raised in the
Bronx, came to call their Queens-born
Jed. I asked them this many times, but I've
never gotten a satisfactory answer.
Could they have known that two years after I
the most popular show on
television for the next eight years would feature
with my name? No of course not. Did this make my
any easier for me? No of course
not. I was already a different enough child to be
overweight, unathletic, loud, clumsy - here was
thing about me to make me an alien, a
freak, an object of ridicule. And our country
last name -"Clampett" - well this
was only an invitation to have various parts of
stomped, pinched and "clamped" in a
variety of inventive ways. Oh they were inventive.
Going through life, my name continues to label me
outsider, especially far from the Appalachian
in New York City. Why on earth would
there be a guy named Jed here in New York City?
a nickname?" No. "Is it short
for anything?" No. It's just Jed. J-E-D. D as in
Not Jeb. "It must be short for
Jedidiah." Wouldn't I know if it was short for
I can only remember once meeting another true
was pumpkin picking maybe 10-15
years ago. I heard a mother call out, "Jed! Jed
here!" Of course, never having met
another Jed, I approached her. "Is your son's
"Yes it is."
"Is it a nickname, or short for anything?" "No,
Jed." Wow! Sure, I've had the odd
occasion where someone has said they had a friend
Jed, but of course, further
investigation revealed it to be a nickname of
I was still virtually
alone in my Jedness.
I've not yet read messages left by my fellow
I hope I'm not the first to point out
the only Jed I've found to be proud of - in
Kane", Joseph Cotten's character was
named Jed Leland. And Joseph Cotten is a great
Hmmm, I would think as I stared at the
ceiling, perhaps that was my parents inspiration.
hold on to that hope.
Now, finally, at this point in my life my
towards my long-hated appellation. I have a
new woman in my life, (in fact she
found this website for me) and being from Israel,
comes with a name that is also unusual
here in New York. She also comes without any
about the name Jed. To her,
it's a new one syllable sound. And she loves the
And so do all her friends!
Suddenly I'm getting more positive feedback about
name than ever before! And believe it
or not, I'm actually becoming proud of it. Yes. I
Jed. I AM JED!!!!!!!
New York, New York