Definition of Boodle, Boodle Boys and the Good Ole’ Boy Network

Boodle is borrowed word from the Dutch word boedel which means all one’s possessions, from Old Frisian bōdel movable goods, inheritance;  also see Kit and Caboodle.

American Vice President then President Lyndon Johnson in 1954 was the head of the good ol’ boys network and controlled all the boodle – all  the things that were given to people.

Robert Baker, LBJ Senate Aide: It’s a “good ole boy” network. Well, you know, if you’ve been — if you’ve served in Congress, either the House or the Senate, together for many years, you’ve done favors for each other and you say what you can do and can’t do and what’s possible.”

Howard Schuman, U.S. Senate Aide: “And they controlled all the what I call “boodle,” the things that were give to people.”
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/transcript/lbj-transcript/

ORIGIN OF THE OLD BOY’S NETWORK

BOODLE’S

Boodle’s is a London gentlemen’s club – the good ole boys club
address: 49–51 Pall Mall London

Boodles
Main Entrance  28 St James’s Street, London, SW1A 1HJ
Ladies Side and Chambers  27 St. James’s Street, London, SW1A 1HJ
Tel: 020 7930 7166 Fax: 020 7839 5669

Founded in 1762, by Lord Shelburne, the future Marquess of Lansdowne and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

The club came to be known after the name of its head waiter, Edward Boodle. Boodle’s is regarded as one of the most prestigious clubs in London, and counts many British aristocrats and notable politicians among its members. It is the second oldest club in the world, with only White’s being older. Boodle’s Orange Fool is a traditional club dish.

During the Regency era, Boodle’s became known as the club of the English gentry, while White’s became the club of the more senior members of the nobility. Today, membership is strictly by nomination and election only. Members are a closed set of politicians and other powerful men passing power among themselves.

Whites

Founded in 1693, it is the oldest and also widely considered one of the most exclusive gentleman’s club in London.  Current Boodle Boy Members

The club was originally established at 4 Chesterfield Street, off Curzon Street in Mayfair, in 1693 by an Italian immigrant named Francesco Bianco as a hot chocolate emporium under the name Mrs. White’s Chocolate House.
Now located 37–38 St James’s Street in the City of Westminster.

Notable current members include Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Conrad Black and Tom Stacey. Former British Prime Minister David Cameron was formerly a member for fifteen years but resigned in 2008, despite his father Ian Cameron having previously been the club’s chairman, over the club’s refusal to admit women.  White’s continues to maintain its standards as an establishment exclusively for gentlemen; a brief exception being made for a visit by Queen Elizabeth II in 1991.

Gentlemen’s Clubs in London

The boodle boy aristocracy  is the slimmest aristocracy of all.
n.    Money, especially counterfeit money.
n.    Money accepted as a bribe.
n.    Slang Stolen goods; swag.
n.    Money or valuables, esp when stolen, counterfeit, or used as a bribe
v.    to give or receive money corruptly or illegally

1833, “crowd;” 1858, “phony money,” especially “graft money,” actual or potential (1883), both American English slang, either or both based on bundle, or from Dutch boedel “property.”

An entire lot; a large number or amount; caboodle (1830s+) Counterfeit money (1850s+ Underworld) Bribe money or other money obtained by graft and corruption: A few trees are planted. What happens to most of the boodle? (1880s+) Money in general (1890+)

Ian Fleming is said to have based the Blades Club from his James Bond novels on Boodle’s. However, Boodle’s itself is referenced in the novels Moonraker and You Only Live Twice.

Of J. K. Stanford’s George Hysteron-Proteron, said to be a member of Boodle’s, a real-life member wrote in 1944: “I see the author mentions Boodle’s. I don’t know if he is a member here but there are six George Proterons sitting round me in the smoking-room at the moment.”

In the TV series The Avengers (episode “The Charmers”) Boodle’s is referenced, while in the 1998 film version, The Avengers, Boodle’s is shown – Uma Thurman’s Emma Peel walks in and it is said “No females have been in Boodle’s since 1762”.

The club is referenced in W. E. B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV’s novel The Double Agents, part of the Men at War series. Ian Fleming and David Niven are referenced, as well as their membership at Boodle’s. While the actual story is fiction, their memberships at Boodle’s and the friendship between the two and their participation in intelligence activities during World War II are factual.

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