Questions about "Our Gang"

September 24, 2018


Richard Dickerson, who is Professor Emeritus at UCLA, is working on a project on "Our Gang" and would like help from Society members who are familiar with Roth's take down of the Nixon administration. Prof. Dickerson, writes, "Posting on the Society webpage my questions about identities of the pseudo-named characters in “Our Gang” sounds like an excellent idea. One never can tell just who might have taken an interest in the identities of the characters. Even if the responses disagree, they would be of interest."


If you'd like to respond to contribute to this project please contact Prof. Dickerson at



Here's Prof. Dickerson's Chart:


Characters in Roth’s “Our Gang”

 (approximately in order of appearance in book)


Gov. George Wallow of Alabama     George Wallace

Trick E. Dixon                                   Richard Nixon 

  Mr. Asslick

Robert F. Charisma                            Robert Kennedy          

John F. Charisma                               John F. Kennedy         

  Mr. Daring

Attorney General Malicious               John N. Mitchell          

FBI Director J. Edward Heehaw        J. Edgar Hoover           

  Mr. Respectful

  Mr. Shrewd

Vice President What’s-his-name        Spiro T. Agnew           

Secretary of Defence Lard                  Melvin R. Laird           

Secretary Codger                                William P. Rogers (Sec. of State)       

Secretary Fickle                                  Walter J. Hickel (Sec. of Interior)       

  Miss Charmin’                     

President Lyin’ B. Johnson                Lyndon B. Johnson    

  Mr. Practical            

  Mr. Catch-me-in-a-Contradiction

  Mr. Fascinated

  Mr. Reasonable

  Mr. Hardnose

Gov. George Wallow of Alabama      George Wallace           

Sen. Hubert Hollow of Minnesota     Hubert Humphrey       

Sen. Joseph McCastrophe                  Joseph McCarthy        

San Dementia, CA                              San Clemente, CA       

General Poppapower                          General Eisenhower    

Jacqueline Charisma Colossus           Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

NY Mayor John Lancelot                   John Lindsay   

Pitter Dixon                                        Pat Nixon        

Prissier, CA                                        Whittier, CA    

Teddy Charisma                                 Ted Kennedy   

President’s Bilge Secretary, Blurb     Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler??

Eric Severhead (newsman)                 Eric Sevareid, CBS news         

  Roger Rising-to-the Occasion

  Morton Momentus (in Chicago)

  Peter Pious (Los Angeles)

  Ike Ironic (New York)

  Brad Bathos (newsman)

Congressman Fraud

Reverend Billy Cupcake                     Billy Graham   


Italic = Descriptive name; may not refer to any specific real individual

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