For an introduction, the Turtleman handle was bestowed upon me a long time ago by a former girlfriend and dive buddy; but basically, I've had a thing for turtles before I entered first grade. My turtle obsession hasn't diminished since; in fact, it's only increased. By the way, there really isn't anything remotely kinky about it. (You do know the difference between "kinky" and "perverted, don't you?" Kinky is when you use a feather, and perverted is when you use the whole chicken!) Anyway, when growing up, one of my two brothers had asthma and was allergic to almost everything. As a result, we couldn't have the usual dog or cat for a pet and had to settle for those little dime store turtles instead. It didn't take long before I discovered that I really preferred those compact little creatures over other animals, and most people, anyway! Some things just never change. I have turtle paraphernalia all over the place and even named my long defunct company Terrapin, Inc. But moving right along, I never encountered any problems with my nickname until several months ago when I started getting inundated with emails for the "Turtleman" from the "Call of the Wildman" TV series. If you're not familiar with the show, consider yourself fortunate. But if you're curious, I'm sure you can find tons of snippets on YouTube and elsewhere on the Web. Evidently, when hunting for his email address, some folks stumble across my handle and somehow think that my email address, which doesn't include "Turtleman" is what they seek. At first, I used to send a reply to the misdirected senders saying "Sorry, but I am most definitely NOT the Turtleman you seek. I live in Atlanta, GA, and although I go by the Turtleman handle on many websites, I'm not on TV and have absolutely nothing to do with hunting or removing any kind of animals. In fact, it's only because of yours and similar emails over the past several weeks that I've even become aware of the Turtleman on TV. Good luck contacting the TV Turtleman!" Unfortunately, the number of erroneous emails has increased to the point where it's no longer practical to respond, so they're now deleted, usually without reading. Most of the messages express their undying love and admiration for the Turtleman, while others complain about snakes, skunks, squirrels, raccoons, bees, bats, snapping turtles, well … you name it, and request him to remove the offenders. Some of the emails are actually well-written requests; but I'm sorry to say, the vast majority sound like the authors have very little knowledge of the English language. Okay, some notes are from kids, but many are from parents and teachers who should be able to compose at least one literate sentence. Many emails are from Kentucky, which might help explain something. And if you watch more than 30 seconds of a typical "Call of the Wildman" episode, you'll quickly understand the probable appeal this show might have for a certain audience. I particularly appreciated the warning I received from one irate writer after he received my standard "wrong address" response. He said I could get into serious legal trouble impersonating this character! I thanked him for his concern, while mentioning that sharing the same nickname is probably not a crime. I think his name might have been Bubba or something like that. Based on the number of misdirected emails I receive, I can only imagine how many the TV Turtleman must get. I'm sure that if he were so inclined, it would be a full-time job just answering the requests, let alone traveling all over (mostly Appalachia) to remove the critters, as well as attending the many parties and events to which he's invited. I really would consider giving up and changing my handle, but I'm afraid it probably wouldn't decrease the number of emails even slightly – not unless Google and other search engines go down or the "Call of the Wildman" leaves the air. One can only hope!