Terry Schoop | playa name: Retro | Manager - Burning Man Community Services | Burning Man staff | Berkeley, CA


I quite enjoy the collaborative nature of the work I do at Burning Man. It seemed the right thing to choose at the time (about three years ago) and I haven't regretted it since. That, and it's pretty cool too.

(The wdydwyd? shoot at the Burning Man office fell on Halloween. Terry's mask, costume, and words on his sign in the photo are all from the film "V for Vendetta", and Terry originally answered wdydwyd? in character).

The mask and costume are from the film V for Vendetta. The film is set in a near-future Britain after a limited nuclear war. An extreme fascist party has arisen and is now the ruling power. "V", an anarchist revolutionary dressed in a Guy Fawkes mask, begins an elaborate, violent and theatrical campaign to bring down the government. The V-rich quote is from the moment in the film when V meets a teenage girl named Evey Hammond. V has just saved her from a gang of police agents who were about to rape her. She asks V who he is? He remarks upon the paradox of asking a masked man who he is, then explains he is a "vestige of the vox populi . . . " and the Vs grow from there on.

One of the inspirations for the V for Vendetta source material, the eponymous graphic novel, is the short story "Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman" by my favorite author, Harlan Ellison.

What Terry does to help make Burning Man run:

I support and represent the project managers or councils that govern twelve departments that run the city during the event. I review several email lists, attend many planning meetings, work on budgets, plan staff training and other events, write reports, edit documents, and do everything I can to keep the cats herded.

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