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An Account of Frick and Frack

November 7, 2009

If you drive by our house on any given day, most likely you’ll see this.


Sometimes they look like this in the way back of the yard where it’s sunny, but most of the time, they have themselves planted in the front bed behind our mailbox where they have smushed the pacasandra down to nothing, waiting to greet you.


We are very trusting of our beloved dogs, so much that we have no idea where Gary’s collar is for the Invisible Fence.  Augie wears his, but we have no idea if it even works. 


The other day the boys and I came home around 1pm, [we had been out all morning], and as usual the dogs greeting us wildly when we pulled in.  On our answering machine, were quite a few messages from neighbors saying they had spotted Augie and Gary charging down the path in Mary Hill [that’s about 1/2 mile away up Dorn Road].  My good neighbor Pat went and got them in her minivan and brought them home.  My other neighbor up the street said she has never seen Augie run so fast and that they looked like something out of a movie. 


Do you know that the origin of the phrase “Frick and Frack” is ultimately and undoubtedly in a famous partnership of Swiss comedy ice skaters, Werner Groebli and Hans Mauch, whose stage names these were. They came to public fame in the later years of a series of skating spectaculars called Ice Follies, promoted by Eddie Shipstad and his brother Roy, which began in 1936 and ran for almost 50 years. Their association lasted so long, and they were at one time so well known, that their names have gone into the language. 


Frick took his name from a small village in Switzerland; Frack is a Swiss-German word for a frock coat, which they wore in the early days of their skating act. They put the words together as a typical Swiss joke.


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  1. Jody Brower permalink
    November 8, 2009 4:19 am

    Haven’t visited your blog in a while and it was so great to see all the fab pictures. Your boys are just too stinkin’ adorable. I must say, besides some great neighbors :-), the only other thing I miss about Woodfield is seeing frick and frack in your yard.

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