The Herald of Everett, Washington
Customer service  |  Subscribe   |   Log in or sign up   |   Advertising information   |   Contact us
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up  Green editions icon Green editions

Calendar


Weekend to-do list
HeraldNet Newsletter Delivered to your inbox each week.


Published: Monday, August 31, 2009, 12:01 a.m.

David Schach, electrician

  • Electrician David Schach, who works for Burlington Northern Santa Fe, stands in front of a Snohomish County PUD substation near Granite Falls.

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Electrician David Schach, who works for Burlington Northern Santa Fe, stands in front of a Snohomish County PUD substation near Granite Falls.

This story is part of a series on aptly named people. To read previous stories in the series, go to our Aptonyms page.
Name: David Schach
Residence: Granite Falls
Occupation: Electrician for Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Pronunciation note: His name is pronounced the same way as “Shock.”
Q: How did your name direct your career path?
A: It really didn’t. I got my job, it happened right out of high school, and I’ve been doing my job for 18 years and I’m 37 this year. When I started, there really wasn’t an apprenticeship. Generally it was on-the-job experience. I just thought it was a challenging career and I would make decent money and it would be one of those careers that’s lasting.
Erector sets? Oh yeah. I had one. I’m getting ready to have a boy in November and I definitely had fun with my erector set and taking apart motorcycles with my dad, the whole mechanical thing.
Q: Would you change your name if you could, and why or why not?
A: No, I wouldn’t change it. I think I’ve had too much fun with my name so far.
Q: If you could choose another career, what would it be?
A: A helicopter pilot. It’s mechanical and I’ve thought that would definitely be a path I would go.
Q: How do you know when someone has picked up on the fact that your name is an aptonym?
A: They usually smile and laugh, and some don’t take me seriously. Then I say, “Well it is,” and they usually get it and just laugh and some say, “You should start your own electrical company,” and then I say, “Yeah and I’d call it Schach Electric — we’ll take the voltage for you.”
Q: How do people react to the combination of your name and job? Do they get it? Any funny stories as a result?
A: They think it’s pretty cool in general. It’s German and it used to have a T at the end. It translates to, I’m pretty sure, chess. And no, I don’t play chess.
My wife thinks it’s a pretty cool name, too. I met her in fourth grade. We went to high school in Friday Harbor. And then we kind of lost touch with each other for a while, but once we got back together, she thought the name fit me pretty well.
I don’t have any funny stories, though I told my wife that if we were going to have a daughter instead of a son that I want to name her Electra. And then her middle name would be Volt. So her name would be Electra Volt Schach. But I just don’t think my wife would let me do that, though.
Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424, goffredo@heraldnet.com
Story tags » Granite Falls

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus
digital subscription promo

Subscribe now

Unlimited digital access starting at 99 cents, or included with any print subscription.

loading...
HeraldNet Classifieds