Blue-State Matt Lauer Allows His Son To Be Named 'Thijs'

November 29th, 2006 5:29 PM
I understand that NBC Today star Matt Lauer is the toast of Manhattan, but letting your wife name your son "Thijs"? Way too precious if you don't live in Amsterdam. He'll clearly hate his brother, who is simply named "Jack." Clearly, this boy is never going to see the inside of a public school with a name like that. Even the teachers might think the name is somehow a typographical error. It's pronounced Tice, as in the best you could do as a dad to explain it to men is say "ahem, you know, Tice, like Mike Tice, the former Minnesota Vikings coach." Lauer certainly can't argue he's a '70s music nut and fan of Thijs van Leer, responsible for that big hit "Hocus Pocus" by the Dutch rock band Focus (classic YouTubed performance here.) I don't think Matt's much of a rock-and-roll-yodeling man.