Jose Iuerdo's years in prison allowed him to move up in the world—or at least in the phone book.
In leaving prison the last time, he lost his birth name. What happened — and he swears this is true — he was imprisoned so long, the Department of Motor Vehicles "expunged" his name.
And his birth certificate was somewhere in Colorado. When he applied for a new identification card, someone interpreted the typed "Q" as an "I" and that's why he's now Iuerdo and not Querdo.
That's OK with him. He's happier with the new Jose than the old Jose. [Link]