Was Colonel Sydell named after Eddie Seidel, Jr.? I doubt if anyone knows. In the newspaper clipping below, Mrs. Seidel (Eddie's stepmother) expressed her hope that Battlestar Galactica would never be seen on TV again. It seems to this reviewer that having a character on Galactica: 1980 named Sydell (different spelling, but presumbaly the same pronunciation) is in very poor taste.
Read the tragic story of Eddie Seidel, Jr. in the newspaper article below (click to enlarge).
|Newspaper article about|
the tragic suicide of Eddie Seidel, Jr.
|Allan Miller as Colonel Sydell -|