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just three weeks apart from each other. Though dedicated to the memory of his parents, it was actually through his devotion to his son, Chris Alcorn-Hamlin, that Tom rediscovered his heritage. Still grieving the death of his parents, Tom had suggested a trip to his son.

“There are so many negative influences out there, I feel like we’re doing something good. We’re giving history lessons.”

“I wanted to take him to Disney World, but Chris wanted to go to the Renaissance Faire [Scarborough Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie, Texas],” Tom joked, adding that he considered himself lucky to save so much money in travel costs by traveling just a mere 20 miles for a vacation. He could not have known how much that trip to the Faire would ultimately cost him. What Tom did know was that once Chris saw the actors dressed in royal attire, he declared that he, too, would like to be a prince and something awakened inside of Tom.

In keeping with the Renaissance Faire tradition, Tom adopted a medieval persona, copying both the attire and characteristics. The fun,

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