Name Game


I’m the third Tom in a series of “Tom’s” born during the 20th century.

Originally, my dad’s name was supposed to be the same as my grandfather. However there was screw up at the Luthern Hospital in Fort Dodge and instead of Thomas Edward, Jr., the name on the birth certificate was transposed into Thomas Junior Darby.

When I was born, Mom wanted to name me after the two most important men in her life: her husband and her father. She went with her father’s full given Portuguese name along with Dad’s first name.

This created the tongue twister: Thomas Joaquin Luis Olivera Darby. And they say kid’s can be cruel.

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