As we’ve been cleaning out my father’s house and dealing with his affairs we’ve noticed something that I always knew – he had a name problem. My sister says he’s a librarian’s nightmare.
He was born Thomas Joseph Scanlon but always went by Joe, which means people always knew him as Joe. We he published he was usually either T. Joseph Scanlon or Joe Scanlon, though sometimes he went by TJ Scanlon. We’ve found a few things of his – one an award – which were given to Joseph T. Scanlon. My poor brother has to figure out who he was where.
When I was born they were going to call me by a shortened version of my middle name but within a few months my parents changed their minds. I expect because they went through the same confusion that we go through now with my daughter who also goes by her middle name.
It’s sort of a tradition in all our families – my dad, my grandfather and his two brothers, Joe’s dad and I think he father as well – to go by the middle name that I just missed out on. But it’s a hell of a record keeper’s dilemma.