Mental snapshots of our boy Tommy

Our local newspaper, the Medford Mail Tribune, recently published a column I submitted titled “Mental Snapshots of Our Boy Tommy.” The column was based on a post I wrote for this blog titled “Tommy in Los Angeles.”  I edited and shortened this version to be a better fit for local readers here in southern Oregon. Here’s the link: http://www.mailtribune.com/entertainmentlife/20180429/columnist-for-day-snapshots-of-our-boy-tommy […]

Tommy at Aunt Gertrude’s, 1975

  In a previous post I wrote about my aunt Gertrude, Tommy’s great aunt, who was my dad’s older sister. I recently came across the photo posted above, which was taken on a visit that Tommy and I made to her house in 1975. My aunt Gertrude lived most of her adult life in Riverside, […]

Tommy’s bike ride from Samohi in 1987, revisited

  In an earlier post, I described a bike ride Tommy took as part of his PE class during the spring of his senior year in high school. At the time, he drew me a map of his planned route, which took him from the gym at Santa Monica High School north to Will Rogers […]

sea voyage and snow storm

  In 1982 I was sailing as chief mate on a passenger ship running between Ensenada, Mexico and Los Angeles. Tommy was able to make a short week-end trip on board the ship with me, and it seems to have been a great experience for him.   Tommy was 13 years old at the time, and very self confident, independent, […]

tommy in point richmond

  I found some pictures of my son Tommy in an old cigar box recently, and I’m posting a few of them here. The cigar box actually belonged to my Aunt Vivian years ago and dates back to her childhood in Los Angeles in the 1930s. Vivian’s father (my step-grandfather), Ernie Voigt, was a California […]