Kay Kyser was a famous bandleader whose radio program, Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge, was broadcast from 1937 through 1949. Dozens of babies were named after Kyser during this era. And, according to a newspaper article from mid-1939, Kyser acknowledged at least one of his namesakes by sending a gift:
The 40th baby was named after Kay Kyser last week…The maestro sent the enthusiastic Brooklyn parents a rattle shaped like the four-cornered college professor cap he wears when he works.
I wonder how the baby-naming landscape would change if today’s top celebrities started sending gifts to the babies who received their names.
I also wonder what kinds of crazy gifts today’s celebs would send…
Source: Stevenson, L. L. “Lights of New York.” San Jose Evening News, 26 May 1939, pages 26-27.