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Perhaps The First Choice Was Better
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In 1943 (during World War II), a couple named Mittel in Astoria, New York, named their baby Adolf Hitler Mittel.  Newspapers picked up the story, and public pressure became so great that the little boy was renamed.

This time the choice was Theodore Roosevelt Mittel.

Twenty-nine years later, in the Bulletin of the American Names Society, Robert N. Rennick reported the sad story of what happened to Theodore as he grew older.  At the age of nine he was arraigned for pushing a six-year-old off a pier, causing the child to drown.  At sixteen, when arrested as the leader of a burglary gang, he pointed an automatic at a policeman.  But that gun, as well as a zip gun, was taken from him by another officer.  Charged with eighty-five burglaries, Theodore Roosevelt Mittel was sentenced to a reformatory.  Out on parole, he stole a truck, and a little later he was indicted on two counts of grand larceny and sentenced to Sing Sing.

Hook, J. N. The Book of Names, A Celebration of Mainly American Names: People, Places, and Things. Franklin Watts, 1983.



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