David Schach, electrician
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 didnt. I got my job, it happened right out of high school, and Ive been doing my job for 18 years and Im 37 this year. When I started, there really wasnt 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 thats lasting.
Erector sets? Oh yeah. I had one. Im 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 wouldnt change it. I think Ive had too much fun with my name so far.
Q: If you could choose another career, what would it be?
A: A helicopter pilot. Its mechanical and Ive 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 dont 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 Id call it Schach Electric well 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 its pretty cool in general. Its German and it used to have a T at the end. It translates to, Im pretty sure, chess. And no, I dont play chess.
My wife thinks its 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 dont 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 dont think my wife would let me do that, though.
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