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I. H. Samsonite is a person who poses a question to the Question Box moderator; has an 18-year-old son attending a Catholic college, wears a button saying "Dean Husk is made out of library paste", and subscribes to the Catholic Worker magazine (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies, 49).

Inspiration

Go to the head of the class if suitcases came to mind from reading the name of the parishioner.  Why Bellairs chose this American luggage manufacturer and retailer, founded in Denver in 1910, is beyond us.  One of the initial suitcases was named after the Biblical Samson, which became the trademark name in 1941[1].

For what it's worth, if anything, this person's initials share the Christogram denoting the first three letters of the Greek name of Jesus IHS (or ΙΗΣ, for IHSOVS)[2].

Reference

  1. Wikipedia: Samsonite
  2. Wikipedia: Christogram:IHS
4. The Question Box

Father BurgerbitzModine ClappMrs. L. S. D.Benozzo GozzoliM. FiorelloGertie FremMrs. A. M.Aunt MinMrs. Annie RuggI. H. SamsonitePurina SansfoySepta TanquerayBecky May TipoverMr. Arthur "Dutch" Wolohan