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Old August 3 2014, 06:59 AM   #31
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Re: Kirks middle name

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I was thinking of it humorously, but in universe his habit of introducing himself with the T could be a habit acquired from back then of correcting his classmate comedians.
A running gag in the novel trilogy, "My Brother's Keeper" by Michael Jan Friedman", has both Kirk and Mitchell teasing each other by calling each other faux middle names starting with the litter "R".

Similarly, my Dad and his brother used to call each other "Fezzo", dating back to when they were first dating girls and one of them wore a fez to a dance party. Somehow, even though only one wore the fez, the middle name was used on each other all through the decades.
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Old August 3 2014, 09:04 AM   #32
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Then there's those using their full names.

"Hi! I'm Robert Louis Stevenson!"
"Hi! I'm Hans Christian Andersen!"
"Hi! I'm Philip Seymour Hoffman!"
"I am Groot!"
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Old August 3 2014, 09:13 AM   #33
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Well there is an easy one for the script. "R" and "T" are right next to each other on the typewriter.
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Old August 3 2014, 11:47 AM   #34
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Therin of Andor wrote: View Post
A running gag in the novel trilogy, "My Brother's Keeper" by Michael Jan Friedman", has both Kirk and Mitchell teasing each other by calling each other faux middle names starting with the litter "R".
^This is the best explanation and one that I subscribe to. It's been years since I read the books but I from what I remember, it was Kirk who always gave himself the middle name starting with "R" - for example, Mitchell asks Kirk if he wants to play racquetball and Kirk replies "Racquetball is my middle name" or Mitchell says something to Kirk about being reliable and Kirk says "Reliable is my middle name."

There are several examples of that throughout the trilogy and when you see WNMHGB and notice the "R" on Kirk's tombstone, it makes perfect sense.
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Old August 4 2014, 05:37 AM   #35
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One other possible reason for using "Tiberius": Tiberius may have turned dark and corrupt after becoming Emperor, but his first career was in the Roman army, and he was a very capable general who had the respect of his men under his command, his friends, and his enemies alike.
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Old August 4 2014, 12:56 PM   #36
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I was thinking of it humorously, but in universe his habit of introducing himself with the T could be a habit acquired from back then of correcting his classmate comedians.
A running gag in the novel trilogy, "My Brother's Keeper" by Michael Jan Friedman", has both Kirk and Mitchell teasing each other by calling each other faux middle names starting with the litter "R".

Similarly, my Dad and his brother used to call each other "Fezzo", dating back to when they were first dating girls and one of them wore a fez to a dance party. Somehow, even though only one wore the fez, the middle name was used on each other all through the decades.
A bunch of my cousin's friends renamed his middle initial P for
, and then when the best man was toasted him and mentioned the middle initial, he last minute substituted "pretty nice guy"
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Old August 4 2014, 02:13 PM   #37
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I don't know many of my friend's middle names.
It just doesn't come up in conversation that often.

Or maybe guys discuss middle names more often than girls?

I think arrogant supergod Gary Mitchell misremembered Kirk's middle name.

Maybe thats why Kirk says hes James T Kirk all the time - to remind everyone.
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Old August 5 2014, 07:38 PM   #38
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It was an academy hazing name J.R.K.-Jerk.
That's actually pretty clever.
That's exactly what I was going for!
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