Monday, May 27, 2013

Bouker the 'Young Master' is My Name

I am often asked about my name "Bouker", well, more than often. I cannot remember a time where I have met someone and they have NOT commented on the name, usually with an odd expression on their face and: "that's an interesting name, is it real?"

So, here is the story of how I got my name as I have been told by my parents:

My father comes from an aviation obsessed family and built, flew, jumped out of, towed, glided, crashed and fixed a lot of airplanes in his youth. All with the assistance of his brother Tommy and father, Chief. Yes, my grandfather goes by the name of Chief, another fun story for another day.

During my mother's pregnancy with me, my father and Chief were building a Bücker Bü 133 Jungmeister in the garage and each evening my mother would enter the garage and ask, "how is your 'Bouker' coming along?" mispronouncing the 'Bücker' with 'Boo-ker'.

The Bücker Bü 133 Jungmeister (Young master) 
was an advanced trainer of the Luftwaffe in the 1930s. 
It was a single-engine, single-seat biplane of wood and tubular steel construction 
and covered in fabric.

In response my father would walk over pat her on the belly and reply, "great, how is yours?"

It was their little inside joke about each having a project.  

So, you can call me 'Bouker' the 'Young Master' if you so please.

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