I was working my first job at Wal-Mart in the hardware department when my assistant manager called on me saying, “Bachman-Turner Overdrive!” I merely laughed the comment off and asked what he needed. The next day he called me that again, and then again after that. Being quite perplexed, I eventually asked him, “Why do you call me that?”
“You know, the band. Any relationship?”
“No,” I said. I was a bit ashamed to say it, but I had no idea who the band even was. I was very familiar with the famous people having my last name. There was Bachman Pretzels and of course Stephen King’s pen name, Richard Bachman; I even toyed with the idea having my pen name being Dick King.
Don’t get me wrong, it’d be pretty awesome to be able to claim relationship to Randy Bachman. Almost as awesome as being related to the king of horror. I am just another Matthew named after one of the gospels with a very German last name. Despite the fame of Richard Bachman and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, I’ve still suffered through a lifetime of people mispronouncing my last name or misspelling it.
I have no relationship to Michele Bachmann, either.