Came here to point out the male-naming thing starting in 1979. I remember the first male-named hurricane. IIRC, it was named David.
Speaking of naming conventions, the link takes you to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, whose acronym is PNAS. Someone must have been having a laff when they settled on that. Try saying it out loud. Heh.
(Edit: the first male-named storm was Bob. I guess David sticks in my mind because it was the first destructive hurricane with a male name?)