. Use My Middle Name - 'First, MI' is NOT the only 'PROPER' name form! Use My Middle Name - 'First, MI' is NOT the only 'PROPER' name form! Use My Middle Name - 'First, MI' is NOT the only 'PROPER' name form!  

A project of USA Political Action


Use My Middle Name is a political, economic and educational action organization established to restore the rights of those individuals whose proper name does not fall into the nearly universally imposed 'first name, middle initial' construct once required by now-obsolete database systems. We aim to end the tyrrany of 'first name, middle initial' so everyone can be known by their true and proper name.

Since the 1960's, when programming and data entry were done primarily with punched cards and computers had much more limited capabilities, most database systems have been built requiring names to be entered as first name, middle initial, and last name. This was imposed as a programming and data processing expediency due to the resource constraints of those early computers and their programming languages. In more recent times, some systems have been modified and support first name, middle name and last name, in which a first initial can be used. Almost none support any other form of name construction.

Not everyone's proper name is built or used as a "first name, middle initial" construct. For example, a common alternative is first initial, middle name, last name, as used by H. Julian Allen, D. Francois J. Arago, W. Leland "Lee" Atwood, F. Lee Bailey, R. Keith Beal, J. Georg Bednorz, K. Ferdinand Braun, M. Scott Carpenter, S. Grover Cleveland, M. Rich Clifford, C. Pete Conrad, L. Gordon Cooper, A. Scott Crossfield, R. Walter M. Cunningham , L. Sprague de Camp, N. Jan Davis, B. Alvin Drew, J. Presper Eckert, N. Camille Flammarion, J. Ambrose Fleming, C. Michael Foale, R. Buckminster Fuller, C. Gordon Fullerton, F. Andrew "Drew" Gaffney, E. Jake Garn, J. Paul Getty, Dr. T. Keith Glennan, S. David Griggs, L. Blaine Hammond, Jr., T. Thomas "Tom" Henricks, F. William Herschel, J. Edgar Hoover, L. Ron Hubbard, S. Paul Johnson, W. Fred Koschara, J. Norman Lockyer, J. Michael "Mike" Lounge, G. David Low, T. Ken Mattingly II, F. Curt Michel, R. Michael "Mike" Mullane, K. Alex Muller, F. Story Musgrave, C. William Nelson, F. Greg Neubeck, J. Robert Oppenheimer, L. K. H. Friedrich Paschen, L. Adolphe J. Quetelet, J. Thomas Romney Robinson, L. Ferd Shear, F. Richard "Dick" Scobee, J. Bruce Scott, M. Rhea Seddon, A. Friedrich Staats, E. Brian Trubshaw, and many others.

Forcing individuals whose true and proper name is not constructed as "first name, middle initial" to identify themselves as such is a system fraught with perils:

Use My Middle Name seeks to rectify these sorts of issues by calling for an end to the tyrrany of obsolete data processing systems and their imposition of "first name, middle initial" even when it is inappropriate or in error.

We want to hear about other problems you have encountered. We want to compile a list of individuals who have been disallowed use of their proper name. We want to work with you to bring about change. We want to hear from YOU about what is wrong, and your thoughts on how to fix this.

This is not a small job, and it's not going to be done right away. We need your financial support, your time and effort writing to legislators and corporations to show them the need for change, why and how it can be done. This Web site is going to be the focus of the effort, so please stay tuned to keep abreast of the progress.


Please tell everyone you know about this site, donate, participate - Let's make it happen!


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