As a high school student I remember a boy, an athlete, with a name from central casting: Soc Babotas. I didn't know him but I so admired that name. I envisioned book titles. Soc Babotas and his Electric Canoe. Soc Babotas in Yellowknife. Soc Babotas and his adventure with Anacondas. All these dreams must have been when I was freshman. By senior year I surely was thinking, Soc Babotas Gets Laid.Elecric canoe?
Update: John thinks the electric canoe may come from the Tom Swift novels. A plausible guess, but it's not on the Wiki list, although we do get runabout, rifle and locomotive. And here's this:
The name "taser" was originally "TSER", for "Tom Swift Electric Rifle". The invention was named after the central device in Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle (1911),Link.
Update to Update: Oh, wait, it's this guy.