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This blog is not a confession about my double life as a vigilante serial killer from Miami. Nor do I double as a red-headed brainiac with my own lab. Long before either of these Dexters were a part of pop culture, most of my friends knew me by that "geeky" name.
It was September 1991. I was a freshman at Southeast Missouri State University when a friend I've known since before kindergarten was down for a visit. I was watching an episode of The Simpsons on VHS with a group of friends. It was the one where Martin tutors Bart. Before they get to that point, Bart says to Martin, "Throw me the ball Poindexter." My friend announced to the room, "That's how Hunsperger was when we were kids."
As the college years went on and this strange new thing called the Internet came about, my first email address was firstname.lastname@example.org. When I switched to AOL, I became TVDexter (because I was pursuing a job in television news) My wife and I actually added Dexter to our list of names for our first born son. It made it to the Top 10, but I didn't want the first and last names to end with "ER", and Dex Hunsperger just didn't sound right.
|Dexter and friends...
Some people get offended when they're given a nickname, I've always thought of it as a term of endearment. When I give someone a nickname I keep that in mind. Try not to insult the person, and be sure to make it fun. If they're adamantly opposed, back off... a little.