Speaking of the Melissa virus….


As an Exchange Support Engineer, I dread the onset of any virus that will affect our customers.  However, given that my name is Melissa, this virus was particularly painful for me!  Imagine answering a support call during this outbreak “Thank you for calling Microsoft Exchange Support, this is Melissa” only to hear a deafening ‘click’ on the other end.  A more typical response to my greeting was an awkward silence followed by “You’re kidding, right?”   For a time, I seriously considered using Missy or even Mel when answering calls at work.


 


A lot of customers would tease me that I was the Melissa that spurned the guy that started all of this. But I was ok with it, hey if people needed someone to blame, I’m a big girl, I can take it. 


 


Of course my co-workers couldn’t resist taking advantage of a ripe situation.   They creatively decorated my cube with yellow police tape and assorted anti-virus CDs.  But it was all in fun and I kept my sense of humor about it.  It started to get a little extreme though when some of my emails would bounce back because of my name on the From line.


 


Alas the Melissa virus is now a distant memory.   However to this day, I have a former colleague who still refers to me only as “Virus”.  Since he left Dove dark chocolate nuggets on my keyboard every morning, I am willing to overlook it.  He actually left chocolates for all the women on our team.  Truly this is a man who knows what women really want!  So I think it’s only fair to dedicate this blog entry to my “Dove fairy” Edwah, from “Virus”.  I miss you buddy!


 


- Melissa Travers

Comments (5)
  1. B.Y. says:

    You know, there’re people named Melissa Virus & Melissa Hacker out there, imagine if they’re programmers…

  2. Scott Galloway says:

    I was actually interviewing at Microsoft the day the Melissa virus hit – lots of people had no email and were pretty stressed. I blame this virus for my continued non-employment at Microsoft ;-)

  3. Missy says:

    LOL – too funny. Back then, I worked for the government, and they insisted that display names must include a person’s legal name – mine being Melissa. I too took a lot of heat for that one! (It would have been worse had Melissa gotten through our gateways, as we didn’t have A/V on the Exchange servers – not my choice, but that’s the way it was…)

  4. Melissa Travers says:

    Yes so you can definitely relate Missy! Every once in awhile, a customer will make a comment like "you’re not THAT Melissa are you?" LOL. Our name is infamous now.

  5. ChrisS says:

    THose in the know, know the virus was named after a cheerleader, not a stripper. Right oh short and mousey one? <g,d&rrrr>

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