tom’s maternal grandfather, Roger Crater

An important person in Tom’s life was his maternal grandfather (my father-in-law), Roger Crater. Tom learned a lot from Roger, and I know Tom saw his grandfather as an important role model, one of the most important in his life. Roger was an engineer with a first-rate intellect, but he was also a down-to-earth practical […]

Two Birthdays

There are two important birthdays this month. My granddaughter Sadie, Tom’s daughter, recently turned 17; also, Tom’s 50th birthday is coming up later this month. Sadie has grown up to be a gifted singer — I wish her dad could hear her sing. I still miss Tom a lot, converse often with him in my […]

“snapshots” of our boy tommy

Our local newspaper, the Medford Mail Tribune, recently published a column I submitted titled “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, […]