|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
||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'
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
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.
|| 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!
With the one and only
King of the Blues, Mr. B. B. King.
Rest in peace Bud!
Krewe of Weirdness at
Mardi Gras in Galveston.
Blues, Jump, Rockabilly, Swing,
Cajun, Zydeco, Jazz, Rock 'n' Roll
|There's lots more but
I'll save that for another time. No sense in taking ALL of
the mystery out of life...