"Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." – Howard Thurman
I state in all seriousness: this young man really gets it.
To be fair, growing up here in the square states, one of the Zekes I knew did speak with a rather HopSingian delivery. I could totally see him reverently referring to Piers Morgan as "Mr. Piers."
Having not met Zeke Turner, however, I can't say whether he would use intentionally such a deferential honorific...
Your characterization of Mr. Turner as "delightful" is, for me, a good lesson in tolerance and open-mindedness.
Being from America's Heartland, I've met my share of men named Zeke; maybe viewing the world through that not-so-flattering-to-the-other-Zekes-of-the-world filter perhaps led me perhaps to be overly critical and dismissive.
The More You Knowâ„¢, etc.
I would watch the hell out of that.
Do you think "[f]ormer Daily News gossip columnist Lloyd Grove, who described himself, at 6-foot-3, as 'large and loudish,'" really said "loudish"?
Or did he maybe say "large and loutish" and this Zeke Turner (whoever and/or whatever that is) just needs a hearing aid and/or a dictionary?