tommy’s bright path

Twenty-five years ago today — on a spring morning in 1991 — I sat in the audience in front of the Oviatt Library at California State University in Northridge and watched Tommy receive his Bachelor’s degree. I think of that day often, with gratitude that I could be there to see that ceremony. Tom’s mom was also there, along […]

dreams, hikes, and conversations with tom

In the early months after Tommy’s death, I rarely dreamed about him, but lately he appears in my dreams very often. Like most dreams, these recent dreams about Tommy are a juxtaposition of fantasy and reality, of “wish fulfillment” and the ever-present memory of the boy and the man we all knew and loved so […]

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 […]

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 […]

early video games

Another strong similarity between Tom and G-man is their mutual love of video games. Tom grew up playing the arcade games of the 1970s and 1980s, and later, after G was born, they enjoyed playing the more modern video games together. Pictured above is an example of one of Tom’s favorite games, which he regularly […]