Me, myself and I – and the other ones – how I found I wasn’t unique


Got a cryptic message on LinkedIn today, from a bloke called Brian. “Hong Kong?” it asked, simply and enigmatically.

The flippant thing to do, of course, would have been to reply, as Wikipedia would put it, “One of two special administrative regions of the People’s Republic of China, the other being Macau. A city-state on China’s south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour.”

I guessed he thought I was another Sue Fenton. I’ve been to Hong Kong, but it was several years ago and I didn’t recall meeting any Brians there. So instead of being flippant I did a search on LinkedIn to see if there was another Sue Fenton – and there they were, heaps of them. Suddenly I wasn’t unique anymore, not that I really thought I was, except possibly by way of being too easily distracted by trivia.

Interestingly, several of my namesakes are also in the communications industry, in one form or another. There’s a writer of French-language teaching aids, based in Connecticut, who goes by the intriguing nom-de-plume of Madame Fifi; a graphic designer in Indiana; a director of a New York advertising agency; a marketing manager at a Boston bank; and a journalist who writes on Asian economics for Thomson Reuters.

I guessed Asian Sue was the one Brian had mistaken me for and I messaged to tell him so.

The others, as you see, are Americans, though there’s yet another one based in Essex,UK, who I suspect of being the recipient a few years ago of an email from a former colleague of mine who wrote suggesting doing a bottle of wine sometime, you old tart – or words to that effect. This other Sue Fenton returned the message to the sender primly saying she had no intention of going down the pub with him now or ever and was he sure he had the right email address?

There’s also been confusion over the years over the fact that my stepmother is also called Sue, and we both have Googlemail accounts.

It occurred to me that it would be fun to arrange a Sue Fenton convention, at which the delegates could discuss the topic of: The Benefits and Drawbacks of Being Sue Fenton for a Career in the Media. There’s another Sue Fenton on LinkedIn who appears to be a psychiatrist – maybe she could chair the meeting and help resolve the angst over any identity issues that might arise.

Pic credit: Lavoview, http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=1921

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