Yummygal’s South Jersey Fun Fact- And going a little Hollywood
The Movie Rambo: I could have killed ’em all, I could’ve killed you. In town you’re the law, out here it’s me. Don’t push it! Don’t push it or I’ll give you a war you won’t believe. Let it go. Let it go!
Author, David Morrell, who wrote the novel “First Blood” in 1972 later became known as the movie we all have loved and watched I’m sure at one point in our lives, “Rambo.”
Morrell states that in choosing the name he was aroused by the “sound of force” in the name of Rambo as he delightfully ate these deliciously tasty Rambo apples while attending good ol’ Penn State University. His wife brought home a supply of the delicious fruit as he was trying to come up with a suitable name for a protagonist.
The name Rambo originates from Peter Gunnarson Rambo who sailed to New Sweden in the 1640s which encompasses present-day Southern New Jersey, SE Pennsylvania and Northern Delaware. Rambo brought over apple seeds from Sweden and they faired extremely well in this region as cultivators and are rated as excellent in the taste department.
Now it gets better… Peter had a son and his name was John who settled in what we call today, Paulsboro, Gloucester County. John was the youngest of eight children and was one of the first Swedish-Americans to be elected to council in New Jersey.
Many descendants today are found throughout our Delaware Valley Region… with the Rambo name. The John Rambo house was reportedly knocked down for either construction of 295 or the refinery that now calls Paulsboro home. It is undetermined, but we know that it is no longer there.