It’s time to merge two worlds together.
The world of “Terry Starbucker” the blogger, Social Media, and SOBCon person, and the world of the other Terry – the one who came up with Terry Starbucker in the first place.
Starbucker started out as no more than a screen name on a Blogger page back on December 25, 2005 (named after a certain brand of coffee). I started a blog as a lark, because a friend of mine had one. I had no idea what I was doing, but I did know I didn’t want to use my real name, because I didn’t want the streams of my work and this part of my personal life to cross. I had too much respect for the company I worked for.
So I started writing, and before too long, I was revealing my real first name to those I had befriended online. One of those friends, in making a comment on his blog about me, decided to put “Terry” and “Starbucker” together. And thus, Terry Starbucker became more than a screen name- it had become, a person- but one with a “secret life” as somebody else.
That somebody else kept a pretty busy schedule of his own, working for a fine little cable company called Bresnan Communications in White Plains, New York, as Senior Vice President of Operations. It was a job he loved, because he got to be a leader – and travel to the beautiful Rocky Mountain region. He started at Bresnan back in 1994, and in previous positions also got to travel to cool places like Chile and Poland.
He started his career back in 1982 with the accounting firm of Ernst & Whinney in San Antonio, Texas (yes, the secret Terry was a CPA). He got his first taste of executive life in Los Angeles CA in 1987 at a cable company called Cooke Cablevision, owned by an entrepreneur named Jack Kent Cooke, who also happened to own the Washington Redskins. Eventually Jack moved him to Washington DC in 1990 to work for those very same Redskins, and then that ended in 1994, which led him to Bresnan, and those Rocky Mountains.
So since that Christmas Day, there have been “two Terrys”, but in reality, there has never been a dime’s bit of difference between them. It was the same person in two different worlds, separated only in name.
In hindsight, I am eternally grateful that Terry Starbucker entered that other world , because it has brought me so much personal satisfaction, and real joy.
The people that I have met through this blog, on Twitter, through that marvelous event called SOBCon, and other Social Media gatherings, have enriched my life and broadened my perspectives in ways that I never thought possible.
That is the real power of Social Media. The simple act of putting up a blog, or opening a Twitter account, and starting to write can change your life. I’m living proof of that.
Now that Bresnan Communications has been sold and I’m about to launch a new partnership with my SOBCon co-founder Liz Strauss, my two worlds are now one.
And so while the Starbucker handle is going to stick around (I’ve become quite fond of it), it’s time to be “me”.
Terry St. Marie, that is.
Thanks so much for all your love and support over these past 5 years.
All the best,
Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie