missile command

Another of Tom’s favorite video games of the arcade video game era was Missile Command. It was released in 1980 and is considered one of the most famous games from the “Golden Age” of video arcade games. Gameplay in Missile Command is simple and straightforward, but highly dramatic and interesting in my opinion. The player must defend six […]

space invaders

One of the first video games that Tom learned to play was Space Invaders. This was an arcade video game originally designed and manufactured in Japan, and released in 1978. It was one of the earliest shooting games, and the aim in the game is to defeat waves of aliens with a laser cannon. It was […]


Tom was an avid camper, and one of his favorite destinations was Yosemite. He took his family there often. Although Tom and I never went to Yosemite together, we did camp at other places when he was little. Interestingly enough, Yosemite was a favorite spot where my own dad (Tom’s grandpa Philip Marton) took me and my brother […]

camino cielo

Tom enjoyed taking drives and hikes in the Camino Cielo area — for example, the Snyder Trail near Knapp’s Castle was one he hiked and introduced me to. One of my favorite memories is a drive Tom and I took in 1995 or so, along the entire length of West Camino Cielo, from Highway 154 […]

mario brothers

Another favorite video game for Tom was Mario Brothers, which came out about the time he was in ninth grade. He spent many hours playing that game at the Santa Monica pier, and at other arcades and places with video game machines. In the game, Mario and Luigi are Italian American plumbers who have the […]

donkey kong

Another of Tom’s favorite games was Donkey Kong. The original Donkey Kong game was one of the best-selling arcade machines of the early 1980s. The original version was followed by a number of other versions. The objective was to climb the ramp and rescue the girl at the top, while scoring points on the way […]