Janet Moo, accountant at Stockyards Meat Packing
Q: How did your name direct your career path?
A: I've worked in the meat industry since 1980. I married a Moo. I married Larry Moo when I was very young. He was in construction, but he was so embarrassed by his name he tried to change it on his driver's license to 'Moe.' He put an 'e' over the 'o.' He was only 17 at the time when I met him. I had two kids with him, and he's still a Moo.
I've been a Moo since 1970. My sister-in-law worked at the meat-packing company --she was named Linda Moo, and she got me in. I just needed a job.
Q: Would you change your name if you could and why or why not?
A: I work for a meat company, I can't change my name! When people meet me, they don't forget my name. They remember this name. And when I'm at Safeway, sometimes the cashier is a little embarrassed to say my name. They say thank you, and then they kind of mumble my last name.
Q: If you could choose another career, what would it be?
A: I've worked in the food industry all these years, and I would go to these food meetings, and once Darigold said, 'You should work for us.' But I'm hoping to retire from the meat company, ride this out and retire.
Q: How do you know when someone has picked up on the fact that your name is an aptonym?
A: I've gotten a lot of comments over the years where people would call the meat company and really, they can't believe that's my name, and then I would tell them it was true, they would laugh and say, 'I'm sorry,' but I have fun with it. They had me on a radio station years ago because of my name.
Q: How do people react to the combination of your name and job? Do they get it? Any funny stories as a result?
A: I used to hang with a gal named Roe and she worked for the Ocean Beauty Seafood Company and we used to have fun with that.
My kids are grown now, but they'd get teased at school, where they'd say things like, 'Here's your milk, little Moo,' and they'd come home and say they wanted to change their name, but now they love it.
The biggest thing I get is, 'How do you spell that?' And I say, just like a cow.
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