Cheers Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
The television show Cheers revolves mostly around the owner and main bartender at the Boston bar Cheers, Sam Malone. Sam, who once went by the nickname Mayday Malone, was a relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox for a short time prior to purchasing the bar. He’s a charismatic recovering alcoholic and a shameless womanizer, but well-loved by the regular patrons to his bar.
Like Sam Malone, Sam the stuffed dog was well-loved by the people who knew him; the students of Morecambe Bay Primary School in England. Sam was a stuffed representation of a white dog with grey ears, and the students at the school launched Sam into the air using a giant helium balloon in order to send the stuffed animal to the edge of space. The launch took place on April 5, 2016 from the Midland Hotel, as a project between the school and SentIntoSpace, a company in Britain that specializes in this type of project. The dog was fitted with a GPS tracking system and a GoPro camera so that the action could be properly examined. The launch appeared successful at first and the dog rose fifteen miles into the air- then the balloon popped. The balloon crashed to the ground in a field over thirty miles away near the town of Burnley; the GPS tracking device was found near the balloon, as was the camera. Sam, unfortunately, was nowhere to be found.
The school mounted a campaign in order to locate the cotton canine, as scientists expected that it could be anywhere within about a fifty mile radius from the landing site, and there was a possibility that it could have even landed in the sea. A complimentary stay at the hotel was offered for his return, and people searched throughout the area and made posts with #FindSam, but the little dog was never quite found. Fortunately, Sam was a stuffed dog, and while his loss was disheartening for both the teachers and the students, it was not as devastating or a final as losing a living being, and the experiment was renewed the following year. In 2017, the primary school students at Morecambe Bay Primary School launched a look-a-like stuffed animal, also dubbed Sam, this time using a Skybolt 2 research rocket instead of a balloon. The second Sam travelled just four miles before the fuel tank was released and he floated slowly back to Earth.