Seriously, were the Lucasfilm execs under a Sith mind trick while making that decision?
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I should clarify. Just because she no longer works at Lucasfilm does not mean she's not one of my role models anymore: Bonnie Burton is one of my role models. I can't see that position of hers ever being lost in my book of Wonder Women, no matter what the circumstance. Therefore, to celebrate her positive influence on the world of geekdom and in my life, I've assigned characteristics to every letter of her first name to explain what I think about Bonnie. Call it junior high-ish; I can take it.
B - beautiful. Bonnie wrote about the influence that Betty Page had on her life on her website, and this "inspired [her] to do [her] own thing and not care what others thought." To me, Bonnie has a firm grasp on what it means to be a beautiful woman.
O - original. Bonnie always comes up with unique content that I can't help adore, like her new co-authored book Weight Hacking: A How-To Guide for Geeks Who Want to Lose Weight and Get Fit. And she was the first person to marry R2-D2 (no joke). Beat that.
N - nice. My co-worker and I always argue that the word nice is an empty word, something that people throw around carelessly when they don't really know what to say. I beg to differ here. Every time I interact with Bonnie on Twitter, she is polite, respectful, and flat-out a nice lady.
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I - inspirational. Self-explanatory.
E - encouraging. Many times I notice that Bonnie's tweets are complimentary, supportive, and benign towards those she interacts with; I'm not sure I've once noticed her purposefully say anything rude or hateful, and that's a rare gem in the wide, untamed wilderness that is known as the Internet.
I know I'm just another fan and another geek among millions, especially since the dawning of this recent online nerd revolution. However, I hope that this little tribute has not fallen on deaf ears. To those of you who feel the same way about Bonnie's inspiration, please, learn something from her example and make the geek world a better place for all of us.