This page is to answer frequently asked questions from readers. Questions may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why do you go by the initials T.R.?
My father was Thomas Merill and my grandfather was Thomas Alexander. I am Thomas Richard. At various times, by various people, we were all called Tom, Thomas and Tommy. I wanted to be different.
One day, I was going through old things in the attic and came across a letter to my parents from an old friend from their youth. He asked about me: “How is little T.R.?” he wrote. Voila! I had my answer.
My son is Thomas Kyle. He goes by his middle name.