This is not a vanity piece.
People ask now and then about my screen name. Someone just asked in an email today. So rather than just emailing them back I figured I would make it a post in case anyone else is wondering.
Way back in the day, before we were on any website, Irony Curtain emailed a few of his friends, myself included, that he was in correspondence with the editor of The People’s Cube, an exciting event because we all were huge fans of the site.
About 2 days later Irony emailed us a link. We were amazed to see a book cover parody he did of Obama in a post on The People’s Cube.
We wanted to play too.
I sent Oleg THIS.
Before he published it I sent a couple more. Hippie and Irony followed up with some as well.
Oleg said he wanted to set up our own piece of real estate at ThePeople’sCube. We called it THE KG3.
As a requirement Oleg asked that we set up screen names so he could credit us. He suggested it be something that parodied Russian culture.
I had no idea what to use. For some reason I said, “Ushanka.” (Even though I had no idea what a Ushanka was.)
Oleg said there already was a Ushanka.
I asked, “what is a Ushanka, anyway?”
He said, “It’s a big fur hat.”
So I said, “okay, that’s my name, Big Fur Hat.”
Had I known I would have the name for the past 8 years I would have chosen more carefully.
It’s odd and quirky, which is a good thing, but many people email me thinking that I’m Hasidic. I’m Catholic.
Until Karl Ushanka sent me a Big Fur Hat about 3 years ago, I never wore a fur hat in my life.
Lately I’ve been going by BFH, but I answer to any name.
That’s it. That’s the story.
(And it’s the reason IRONy CURTAIN has his name.)