The first t in my name should never be capitalized. In capital letters, the name looks as: t HOOFT.
Unfortunately, smart text editors such as
WordPerfect show a serious imperfection. When you correctly type:
t Hooft, these stupid editors
turn the apostrophe upside down, so that you get t Hooft. The designers of the poster for the
Conference called Physics 99 fell in the same trap. They wrote
The way to avoid this is: First type: t Hooft, then erase the intruder . I admit, this is a painful exercise. It was discovered by my daughter Saskia.
Other things computer programs do wrong: if you try to alphabetize a list of names that includes mine, my name will either emerge at the very beginning or at the very end of the list, so that I can beat Mr. Aaaron or Mr. Zzzwylitski, who might have counted on a secure place there. In the Dutch telephone dictionary, I am alphabetized as: Hooft, G. 't, so that I am listed close to Hoff, J.H. van 't. They do that because people tend to remember the main body of a name better than the prefixes, which vary a lot (the names Hooft, van Hoofd, van 't Hooft, etc. are also common. But I don't mind standing between Thirring and Thorne.
I enjoy having this name. It makes me feel proud if someone handles it right.Gerard t Hooft
Below: Some variations on my name, collected over the years. The first entry is the correct name.
Other possibilities: my daughter received mail addressed as: Saskia Ít Hooft.
My wife: Mrs. A.A. Appelstrof Hooft