LETTER: THE ONE NAME EXPLAINED

Aspen Times, Co
April 2 2015

The one name explained

As I start my fifth campaign for mayor, there is always one question,
understandably, that most people want answered: Why one name? Here
is the story -- I am happy to share it.

I was born Aug. 30, 1969. While my mother was pregnant, my parents were
searching for a name -- Courtney, Trevor, Trey -- but they couldn't
quite decide. So, when I was born, and they were still undecided,
and they gave me my father's name, and I was Ronald Wayne Maranian
III on my birth certificate. I am half Armenian and very proud of my
family heritage.

Well, a week after I was born, my parents were having a cocktail party,
and my dad was carrying a tray of drinks in glasses with the Union
Jack, the British flag, on them. My dad turns to my mother and says,
"Torre, that's it," inspired by the Tory Party, and my mother, Diane,
agreed. Even my Armenian grandparents called me Torre.

My parents divorced, and my mother remarried to Bob DuBose. I grew up
as Torre DuBose, but my legal name was still Ronald Maranian III. When
I grew up, there were no other Tories, so I really was known as just
Torre. I had always gone by Torre, and after speaking with my father,
I changed my name 25 years ago. I love and respect both of my dads
and have great relationships with them both.

It's not always that easy to have one name, but it's who I have
always been. I did think of using, and it was suggested that I use,
my last name for the election, but I believe in Aspen voters to vote
on the issues and not that I have one name.

Torre Aspen

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