Section 8, was reportedly named after the one thing that Maxwell Klinger, from M*A*S*H, was constantly gunning for, a discharge from the army. Klinger, a Lebanese man from Toledo was a character based on Lenny Bruce and the story - that by pretending to be homosexual Bruce was dishonorably discharged from the Navy.
Lenny Bruce went on to be one of the all time great stand up comedians, he was a major influence on Richard Pryot and George Carlin. Lenny Bruce was arrested numerous times on narcotics and obscenity charges, he stated that "there's nothing sadder than a middle aged hipster" then proceeded to overdose while sitting on the toilet at the age of 39.
The thing about Bruce is that he was like Jesus Christ, in that they don't make Jews of that ilk anymore… just ask Kinky Friedman. If Section 8 is ever closed down, or changes hands and becomes a cheap pizzeria, I'm sure the same will be said, "they don't make bars like that anymore."
So next time you're at Section 8, have a drink for Lenny Bruce, because after all he died for our sins.