Wednesday, August 03, 2005

The Days and Nights of Buster Sampson

A question about my yet-unused psuedonym. Loyal reader Joe writes:

How did you come up with the name "Buster Sampson?"
One of those "first dog's name plus street you grew up
on?" things. If so, I'd be Brock Ember.

If so, I would by Daisy Colson. It would be a really bad porn name for me.

Way back in 1987 A.D. I wrote a series of scripts that won the first David Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship awarded to a writing project. It was called "West Coast Campus" even though it was of course based on Ball State University and my life as a newspaper reporter for the campus daily, though with a lot more sex and violence and that California allure that I knew nothing about. My barely disguised alter ego was named Buster Sampson, Sampson because of my love of Sampson and the Vampire Women and Buster because it connotated the kind of sharp-witted yet reckless, soft-hearted but street-smart, guy I maybe thought I was or more likely wanted to be. Come to think of it, it was a heavily disguised portrayal.

Do you think John Oakley would be too obvious?

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The Furnace said...

You'd have to go with Jack Oakley.

My porn name: BJ Perkins. Not exactly a good one for a straight guy.

John Oak Dalton said...

What, and "Daisy" is?


The Furnace said...

Only if you spell it like a rappy - Day ZEE.

John Oak Dalton said...

Dang, I wish you'd sent that to me privately. That shit ain't bad.