Zwicke

From the continuing annals of near-Zwickys, a contrasting pair of Zwickes, one of them named Arnold.

Background, in a 11/20/16 posting “A near-Zwicky: Zwickey broadheads”:

The origin of the name Zwickey is unclear; name sites suggest that it could have distinct sources. Two obvious ones: as a variant of (Swiss) Zwicky, and as a variant of a Polish name variously spelled Zewicky, Zawickey, Zawicki, Sawicki, etc. The Zwickey name seems to be infrequent, entirely American, and concentrated in Minnesota, all of which suggest that it’s a variant of Zwicky, so the N. St. Paul water buffalo hunters are probably distant relatives of mine.

… (Note: the name Zwicki seems almost always to be a variant of Zwicky, in Switzerland, Austria, and Bavaria. I’ll put off delving into that name to a future posting.)

So there’s a Swiss name and a Slavic one (which are possibly related, but, like, 800-1000 years ago). Now comes the surname Zwicke, which might have come by either route.

Two bearers of this name: Dianne Zwicke, in Milwaukee WI; and Arnold Zwicke, in Seguin TX.

Diane Zwicke. From the website of Aurora Health Care (in Milwaukee):

(#1) Dr. Dianne Zwicke

Dianne Zwicke, MD, is a board-certified cardiologist and serves as medical director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic and staff physician in the Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Clinics at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center. Dr. Zwicke earned her master’s degree from the University of North Carolina Medical School at Chapel Hill. There, she also completed a four-year medical degree in three years and was awarded the school’s highest honor for accomplishments in advanced research. Dr. Zwicke then completed an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin St. Joseph’s Hospital/Marshfield Clinic, where she served as chief resident. She went on to complete a Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Medical School – Milwaukee campus, Sinai Samaritan Medical Center. Dr. Zwicke has participated in numerous international, national and local clinical trials and ongoing research. She is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Chest Physicians, and the American College of Physicians. She has been included in numerous Who’s Who citations and has received many “Best Doctor” awards. (12/13)

Arnold Zwicke. The sheriff of Guadelupe County TX, with its county seat in Seguin:

(#2) Guadelupe County TX

(#3) Sheriff Arnold S. Zwicke

The beginning of a Texas Observer story of 10/24/03, “Shooting the Messenger” by Katherine Harrington:

Peaceful Seguin, Texas, with its stately courthouse graced in front by a statue of the “World’s Largest Pecan,” seems an unlikely setting for a drug war skirmish. And Bill O’Connell does not easily fit the bill of a drug war victim. But he is. O’Connell is not a drug dealer or an addict. He is a journalist. Until recently, O’Connell worked at the Seguin Gazette-Enterprise, where his tough-minded reporting exposed problems with the local regional narcotics task force. After a series of articles sparked the ire of the Guadalupe County sheriff’s office, O’Connell found himself the target of a campaign that forced him from his job.

O’Connell came to the Seguin Gazette-Enterprise with over 10 years of journalism experience. His entry into the profession came by way of the Navy. After graduating from high school in Pennsylvania, he joined the service, where he worked in radio and as a videographer for TV news on various bases. He left the military to pursue a career in investigative journalism and started out working in small-town newspapers. In 1997, he moved to Texas and came to the Gazette-Enterprise in 2000.

O’Connell’s voice rings with enthusiasm as he describes his work as a reporter at the Gazette-Enterprise. He loved his job, even the routine stories about court cases and high school football victories. Yet the dangers that can await a small-town reporter who aggressively seeks the truth were never far away. “The thing is, Guadalupe County is a rural community and in a lot of aspects you’re talking about a community that is run by old money,” says O’Connell. “There are interests who do not want the community to be perceived in a negative way. So if I write a story and point to a problem, many times their reaction is to shoot the messenger rather than address the problem.”

In July 2003, O’Connell wrote an article about an inmate awaiting trial for murder who allegedly had sexual contact with a jailer in Seguin. That was followed by a story about a lawsuit filed against a sheriff’s deputy. Soon after the Gazette-Enterprise published these stories, Guadalupe County Sheriff Arnold Zwicke showed up at the Gazette-Enterprise offices and asked that O’Connell be restricted from covering the sheriff’s department. “I had some problems with the way he wrote his articles, that they were not accurate, and I asked prior to his departure that someone else cover the sheriff’s department,” recalls Zwicke.

O’Connell’s editors did not reassign him, however. He went on covering the sheriff’s department. And within a month, the conscientious reporter had unearthed troubling activities by the Seguin-based narcotics task force.

Then the story gets complicated, but O’Connell eventually felt obliged to resign from the paper.

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