About the Name Orca Starbuck
It's really a long story. Ask
me about it sometime. But if you want the short version:
My mom changed our last name to Starbuck when I was six.
I named myself Orca when I was eight.
As you may have guessed, I named myself after the beautiful and intelligent
People I'm not related to
Believe it or not, people often ask me if I am related to Lt. Starbuck from
Battlestar Galactica. Well,
I'm not. Were you surprised? I've even been asked to sign autographs.
- Nor am I related to
who played Lt. Starbuck in the Battlestar Galactica series. However,
isn't it an amazing coincidence that Dirk Benedict followed a
vegetarian diet similar to my own? He claimed it cured him of cancer.
I'm not related to Mr. Starbuck from
Moby Dick (and here's another
Moby Dick link) although it is perhaps
amusing (or another amazing coincidence?)
that Mr. Starbuck was a whaler, so my name could be
interpreted to mean "killer-whale whale-killer."
I don't have any relatives who came over on the
Someone once told me that there was a John Starbuck on the Mayflower,
but I found out it wasn't true.
There were some Starbucks who lived on
starting in the 1600s. I'm not related to those people either, but
due to amazing coincidence I moved to Massachusetts a few
years back and lived there until only a short time ago.
I'm also not related to the folks at
Starbucks Coffee. They named Starbucks after the character in Moby Dick,
because Mr. Starbuck, the character, really liked coffee. Isn't it an
amazing coincidence that I am now working on the
Finally, I'm not related to Jo-Jo Starbuck, the skater. In fact, I don't know
anything about Jo-Jo Starbuck, the skater, except that people often
ask me if I am related to her.