Several of you may be interested in the response I got from Pete  
Janzen (a dean of the KS gurus and a great guy) when I forwarded  
Charlene's zootie email:

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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> From: Pete Janzen <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: May 13, 2009 6:30:48 PM CDT
> To: Edge <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Fwd: RFI meaning of word "Zootie"
> Edge
> I"m not subscribed to the MO listserv but the true origin of the  
> term is more correctly attributed to NAB South-central Plains  
> editor Joe Gryzybowski.  Since the late 1980's he has used the term  
> in his reports on occasion.  Over time the usage of the term has  
> gradually became adopted by many among the KS-OK-NB members of "The  
> Tribe".  There was a lengthy discussion of the etymology of the  
> term on KSBIRD some years ago.  The discussion touched on  
> everything from zoology to zoot suits to The Who's "Quadrophenia"  
> album (zoot suit reference) etc. etc.  However Ms. Malone's  
> definition of the term is accurate at least within the parameters  
> of our Birding Big 12 country slang usage.  Feel free to forward  
> this to MOBIRDS if anyone really cares.
> Pete Janzen
> Wichita, KS

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