OK, I’ve made my decision…
I’ve finally decided to come out…about my name, that is.
Blame it on the World Cup’s Team America and its reportedly nearly $3 million dollar salaried, celebrity German coach Jürgen Klinsmann.
You see my REAL name too is Juergen.
I quit using it about half way through junior high school after coming to this country. The reason: kids can be cruel and I just got tired of being compared to Jergens Lotion.
Face it at that age—especially as an immigrant—you try desperately to fit in.
Hence Juergen Poessiger became Jack Poessiger.
Why Jack, you ask?
I have no idea, other than both names began with the letter J. Jeremy probably would’ve been a better choice, however I now know that Jürgen connotes to George.
That’s when REAL names had to be used when boarding airplanes. And the trouble was, I never legally changed my first name.
My drivers license to this day states Juergen…which truth be told, is actually spelled, Jürgen.
So any post 9/11 travel for me became Juergen Poessiger—or else I wasn’t getting on the plane. And I’m a travel agent, for crying out loud.
When going back to school reunions in Nebraska a lot of people up there still know me as Juergen. And it’s downright weird when they call me that. Takes a little getting used to again.
Certain Kansas City friends these days also make it a point to use my real first name. I consider it a sign of friendship and actually enjoy it.
My son Doug likes using the name, but I wonder whether he’s doing it just to mess with me.
I’ve never quite figured that one out. At least he doesn’t call me George.
Of course when KY-102‘s legendary program director Max Floyd first coined Jack Goes To The Movies, I wondered if Juergen Goes To The Movies would have worked as well.
Or George Goes to the Movies?
Or what about former KY personality Tanna Guthrie’s racy intros to, Jack’s-Off At The Movies?
So to Jürgen Klinsmann and his USA team in Brazil, thanks for bringing my name back into the international spotlight and finally teaching people how to pronounce it correctly.