Like you, Craig, I'm mainly known by my middle name, which is Frank. My "official" first name is Allan, which was my father's, but Mom & Dad din't want my initials to spell "FAD". When I joined Boeing, my badge read "Allan F. Damp", so I was known there and to my customer airline folks as Allan. I retired early (just before my 58th birthday) and just coming up on the 20th anniversary of that day.
I only get the "Allan" handle from folks I knew at Boeing and from people who assume it because it is my "first" name. Also, I didn't think "A. Frank" would work very well!
I am also a proud GrandFather ! , I only answer to Craig if you want ice cream just ask Craig .... while my wife loves being Grandma-Jo .... no Uncle allowed here either , just Craig .... it all part of beingCraig ......haha! .... and a childhood of forced formality too .....
I started using 850Dunstall, because i dunstallized my 74 850commando... but it seems there are those who look down on"dunstall" so i had it changed to 850commando... now as for my hero aviator that comes from being a project manager and responsible for keeping the project on track regardless of the flak and bullets flying about... I've seen my share of flak and bullets...!
my Name is Claus, so on other forums i have used Santa or the Saint..
When I was in graduate school, a professor, knowing that I had a good grip on electronics, unliike most mechanical and aerospace engineers, asked me to look in on a doctoral candidate to see if I could jumpstart his research project. The candidate had been working for nearly a year, had a 10 x 10 foot room crammed full of electronic instrumentation, and not only had not obtained an iota of data, but could not even integrate his instrumentation.
I discretely inquired of the candidate his objective and plan of attack, then reviewed his instrumentation, and retired to my office and gave the project my consideration. I knew I could get his instrumentation to work, but decided his plan was too complex and resolved to do it my way.
I designed a miniature probe to fit inside the wind tunnel where the data was to be collected, then with my probe, a 12 volt dry cell, and a vacuum tube volt meter, the candidate had all the data on which to base his doctoral dissertation, in two weeks time!
Soon the entire faculty and grad student body of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department was buzzing about the "slick" probe I invented. It wasn't long after that, other grad students began calling me "Slick".
After graduation, I thought I had left the nickname behind, but one day a work associate told me of a problem he was wrestling with. I proposed a solution, and my associate, after reflecting on my idea, said "Wow! That is slick!. I said, "Yeah, they used to call me Slick because I often came up with things like that."
After that, this associate always called me Slick and it got started again.
Fast forward 30 years to the internet. I tried using slick for a user ID but soon found it was usually taken. So, I had to tweak it, but tagging on my birth year seemed too trite. I came up with texasSlick to show my Texas pride, and the format (lower case leading word, next word with initial letter in upper case and no space between) was typical of computer code writers (at that time, I was engaged in a lot of code writing).
Now a days, most folks think it alludes to my bald head, but I don't mind.
In the 90s for a while there was a bar in Seattle that had arty and interactive installations. One night all my arty friends (I was a photographer at the time) and I went there, and got loaded. One of the things they had was a room to make laminated cards and stuff, and they had a press pass template and a camera/printer. So, we took to making up ridiculous passes for each other. One of my friends made up one for me, "Gordy Gortnipper", which was a play on my name and the nickname "Gordy" one of the stoners at work gave me and that I had a Brit wife at the time. Like Slick, being involved with computers since the mid-90s, lower case was de rigueur.
We used to race motorcycles in Griffith Park in Los Angeles. The front side of Griffith Park faces Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles while the “Backside” faces Burbank and the San Fernando Valley.
There is a tight twisty road, Mount Hollywood Drive, that climbs up the Backside and over the mountain from the valley side, then across the spine of the mountain, and on toward the Observatory on the the Hollywood side.
Being in a park, there were no driveways no structures, just road. It was built during the Great Depression aa a make work project without much mechanization so the road follows the lay of the land. That is why it is tight twisty and slow. That is also why it made a good race track - most cage drivers avoided it.
My avatar/logo thingy is a map of the road we raced on. It was made as a lapel pin by another Backside Slider - Greg Duvall a departed friend.
Sometimes we would crash and slide down the road. The city closed the road so we can’t ride there any more but I am still an xbacksideslider
Way back, I used to have a small collection of desert race motorcycles. One of my favorites were the Ducati powered Cagiva Elefants, especially my Marathon privateer desert race bike beautifully race-built by Fabrizio Azzalin of CH Racing in Italy (near Milan). Kept the "handle" name but should have have kept the bikes!