1981 ER5 . Discovered 1981 Mar. 2 by S. J. Bus at Siding Spring.

Named for the fictional character Joshua Cole, amateur astronomer and star of Arthur Preston Hankin's 1923 novel Cole of Spyglass Mountain. A character reminiscent of Oliver Twist, Cole studied variable stars while incarcerated in a reformatory in which the boys do not use names but numbers; Cole's is 5635. He survived one crisis after another, inlcuding a near-fatal shooting in his observatory at the moment he discovered evidence of life on Mars. (M 31024)

Name proposed by the discoverer following a suggestion by D. H. Levy, who prepared the citation.

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