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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian11 Sep 2018 8:59 p.m. PST

First appearing in the comic section in 1934, Don Winslow of the Navy would enjoy a two-decade run thrilling audiences, warning Americans about international threats, and spurring naval recruitment…


Old Wolfman12 Sep 2018 6:45 a.m. PST

I remember seeing the old movie serial on TV years back.

Roderick Robertson Fezian12 Sep 2018 9:24 a.m. PST

There are two Don Winslow serials – Don Winslow of the Navy, and Don Winslow of the Coast Guard. They both end the same way (and with the same stock shots) with marines storming the beaches against the bad guys, supported by a 4-stack destroyer.

Roderick Robertson Fezian12 Sep 2018 9:28 a.m. PST

Don Winslow of the Navy on YouTube: YouTube link

The full Don Winslow of the Coast Guard is not currently on YouTube, as far as I can tell (though that's where I thought I saw it).

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 10:01 a.m. PST

Interesting that the he is an officer even though "Cracker Jack" is a naval slang term for an enlisted mans uniform.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2018 12:21 p.m. PST

'Jack' has been used as a term for sailors for a very
long time, possibly imported from the RN ('Jack Tar').

No idea where the 'Cracker' came from, except possibly
the early C.19 expression 'Crack on !' (hustle, speedup,
make haste, etc.)

goragrad13 Sep 2018 4:01 p.m. PST

According to Websters the term 'crackerjack' was first used in 1893 -

The late 19th-century pairing of crack and jack to form crackerjack topped off a long history for those words. Cracker is an elongation of crack, an adjective meaning "expert" or "superior" that dates from the 18th century. Prior to that, crack was a noun meaning "something superior" and a verb meaning "to boast." (The verb use evolved from the expression "to crack a boast," which came from the sense of crack meaning "to make a loud sharp sound.") Jack has been used for "man" since the mid-1500s, as in "jack-of-all-trades." Crackerjack entered English first as a noun referring to "a person or thing of marked excellence," then as an adjective. You may also know Cracker Jack as a snack of candied popcorn and peanuts. That trademarked name dates from the 1890s.

From wiki, in the late 1800s a company produced a molasses candy coated popped corn snack –

In 1896, the first lot of Cracker Jack was produced, the same year the name was registered. It was named by an enthusiastic sampler who remarked: "That's a crackerjack!" (a colloquialism meaning "of excellent quality").

In 1916 the company started using the image of a boy in a sailor suit and his dog –

Cracker Jack's mascots Sailor Jack and his dog Bingo were introduced as early as 1916[8] and registered as a trademark in 1919.[9] Sailor Jack was modeled after Robert Rueckheim, grandson of Frederick. Robert, the son of the third and eldest Rueckheim brother, Edward, died of pneumonia shortly after his image appeared at the age of 8.
– trademarked in 1919).


Twere to guess, I'd say that that mascot has something to do with the nickname.

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