In Letters of June 28, Philip Therou takes you and your copy editor to task for adding a period after the S in Harry S. (or S) Truman.
Mr. Therou is right and wrong, but mainly wrong.
According to author William Hillman, who wrote "Mr. President" in 1952 with Mr. Truman's approval, his birth certificate was recorded as Harry S. Truman.
Mr. Truman was supposed to be named Harrison Shippe Truman, taking the middle name from his paternal grandfather. By family compromise his first name was shortened to Harry. Others in the family wanted his middle name to be Solomon, taken from his maternal grandfather. No agreement could be reached, so the name was Harry S. Truman to please all.
Through my duties at the NBC network, I was able to meet Mr. Truman, then President Truman. I had an instant "in" since I was from Kansas City, Mo., and Mr. Truman knew some of my relatives.