Robbie Rist named his pet snake after Brady Bunch producer Lloyd Schwartz
What to name your pet is one of the most important decisions that you can make in your life, right beside what to name your child and what to eat for dinner tonight. A pet is a best friend and a member of your family, and as such, they'll need a name that reflects their personality as well as the love that you have for them. Much like deciding where to eat for dinner tonight, maybe we're overthinking it.
You may be pleased to know that Robbie Rist, better known as Cousin Oliver in The Brady Bunch, had a throng of pets as a child as amiable and plentiful as the Brady family themselves. In an interview with The Berkshire Sampler, Rist, then ten years old, spoke of his pets. He said, "I think of them as family" and added, "It's really sad when we lose one of them."
At the time, Rist had a myriad of pets, each named after someone important. Some of them were named after fictional characters, such as three turtles named Charlie Brown, Linus, and Lucy. These are in addition to a cat named Woodstock. Others were named after celebrities, like a horned lizard named after comedian Paul Lynde.
Most delightful of all was a ribbon snake that Rist had named after Lloyd Schwartz, son of Brady Bunch creator Sherwood Schwartz and frequent Brady collaborator and producer. The article specifically stated that it was common knowledge that to have one of Rist's animals named after you is to be considered the "ultimate compliment." As proof, Lloyd Schwartz was apparently aware of the snake being named after him and was reportedly delighted.
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