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L J Hooker

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  1. geoffw

    geoffw Moderator Staff Member

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    Following up from a Twitter post by member @Jacque - I had often thought that Mr Hooker inherited a bit of an unfortunate name.

    But it seems that he chose it himself- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_Joseph_Hooker

    Though I'm not sure that L J Tingyou would have had the same ring about it.
     
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  2. neK

    neK Well-Known Member

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    He really doesn't look that asian at all...
    Also, asians typically have single syllable surnames.
     
  3. Terry_w

    Terry_w Solicitor, Finance Broker, CTA Business Member

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    Chinese surnames are usually one syllable, but you are forgetting about the rest of asia - have you see how long a Thai surname is? incidentally about 20% of Thais have Chinese ancestry and their surnames are often 3 Chinese names all joined together - e.g Manyuanyong family - must have been a chinese guy named Man Yuan Yong in the distant past
     
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  4. geoffw

    geoffw Moderator Staff Member

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    His parents were Chinese Australian, whatever that means.

    I had a colleague whose grandfather was the first AFL (VFL as it was then) player of Chinese origin- Wally Koochew. My friend has the same surname, and doesn't look at all Chinese.
     
  5. Biz

    Biz Well-Known Member

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    I used to do a bit of work for these guys... In the end they droppped the Hooker part.

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  6. Owlet

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    Too similar to L J sTing you. Hooker is only slightly more positive - something most take notice of I would think.
     
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    Azazel Well-Known Member

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    Well there you go, I wouldn't have ever known.
    Been hearing their ads on TV since I was little.
     
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    DaveM Adelaide Buyers Agent & KFC Strategist Business Member

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    LibGS Well-Known Member

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    TJ Hooker?

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  10. geoffw

    geoffw Moderator Staff Member

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    If LJ Hooker merged with Raine and Horne, would we get a Horney Hooker?
     
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  11. neK

    neK Well-Known Member

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    I wonder why he chose hooker out of all names. I'm guessing it didn't have the same meaning it did back then as it does now
     
  12. SeafordSunshine

    SeafordSunshine Well-Known Member

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    I worked in the office where he started his empire (ok, ok. I know Im not that old) and we 'knew this information' that he spent part of his life in a childrens' home, and was half Chinese. In his childhood days it was the White Australia policy and mixed race kids didn't have much of a chance from the 'White Australia' side of things.
    I grew to admire him.