Luckily I found a random name generator that did exactly what I wanted it to do. It spewed infinite pairings of first and last names taken from the U.S. Census, all geared to my "obscurity factor" preference, which I could set numerically from 1 (least obscure) to 99 (most).
You want personalities that jump off the page? Back stories that appear almost effortlessly? Horses that whinny at the mere pronunciation of―never mind.
The old lists you see above show some of the names I considered. Notice that I generated Ina Strub, who evolved into Ida Strub, a minor character. Seeing that I had Clifford Bisbee pegged as the short order cook makes me laugh. He ended up playing a far different role.
I'm busy using the random name generator again as I plan my sequel, DEATH UNDER THE RADAR. Who will get the roles of Tony's wife and his business partner in the thriving upscale restaurant he left?