JMAC

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Here is more than you ever wanted to know about me.  (It's okay to use the scroll bar to get passed the boring parts...)
For years people have asked where "JMAC" came from.  After a couple of smart aleck answers I usually tell the true story of how I got the nickname.  Or, to be accurate, gave myself the nickname. In the early 80's I left the the old homes in SoCal to cop a slave in Tampa.  It was a fun, high-tech job with a good company and I met a lot of great people.  I still work for the same organization.
Around the same time the first Star Trek flick hit local screens.  I loved it!  A favorite part was when V-GER described the Enterprise as "contaminated with carbon based units"  and addressed the crew as "the Kirk Unit" and "the Spock Unit."  For some reason I thought that was hysterical and instantiated it as a communication pattern.  (I.e., I started sayin' it.)

The following week I wrote a technical document and, demonstrating the sans souci for which I am known, I autographed the tome "The JMAC Unit"  using an OCR-like computer script.  It got a good laugh and people at the fun factory started calling me JMAC.  I didn't use that particular epithet outside of the workplace for several solar cycles.

In August of 1987 I joined the volunteers at KNON 89.3 FM to do a weekly blues radio show.  My first show was on from 11:00 PM until 1:00 AM.  Some people that are, dare I say, "unique" phone late night radio hosts so the KNON staff discourages on-air volunteers from using their real names.  In need of a nickname, and since I was already addressed as JMAC by people at work, that's what I used.  Little did I imagine.

JMAC  In years since the nickname caught on and today there are people who think that "Jay Mack" is my given name.  (JMAC is a contraction of my given name.)  I am sometimes confused with Johnny Mack, a friend and Ft. Worth-based musician.  Unlike Clark Kent and Superman, Bruce Wayne and Batman, or Bruce Banner and the Incredible Hulk, Johnny Mack and I are two separate people and I have photographs to prove it.

Although I often use my given name  when meeting new people (it's easier than explaining) most people call me JMAC.  My family and a few long time friends use my given name (I will answer to almost anything) but JMAC stuck, I like it, and it's quick and easy to write.  I pronounce it "JAY-mac" and write it in all caps.  I often see "Jmac" or "JMac" but that's not how I spell it.  Now you know.

These Are A Few of My Favorite Things!

JMAC and BB King
With the one and only
King of the Blues, Mr. B. B. King.
My boy Buddy
Buddy Holly
the Dog

Rest in peace Bud!
Mardi Gras in Galveston
Krewe of Weirdness at
Mardi Gras in Galveston.

Blues, Jump, Rockabilly, Swing,
Cajun, Zydeco, Jazz, Rock 'n' Roll

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There's lots more but I'll save that for another time.  No sense in taking ALL of the mystery out of life...
 
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Last Updated Friday, March 02, 2012 17:11 Central