Friday is the 47th anniversary of Byron White being named to the U.S. Supreme Court, and you're in (read that fast!) luck, as I can't pass up writing about a man nicknamed Whizzer, so don't be pissed at me. He was a football player in college, and then drafted, but he didn't go number one. Somehow they still nicknamed him Whizzer, for he was fast and they figured if ever a whizzer there was, it was Byron. Plus there's the rule nicknames must be alliterative and graduating in 1938 he couldn't have been Bionic Byron. Amazingly Whizzer was once the number two man in the Justice Department, but Bobby Kennedy didn't give a shit. So then he ended up on the Supreme Court, a wee, wee bit less liberal than the Kennedys had hoped. In fact, somehow a guy who played football and slapped butts for years upheld Georgia's anti-sodomy law--weird, and not just because saying upheld and anti-sodomy in the same sentence sounds like a double negative. Sorry if the humor just sort of leaked out of this blurb.
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