Born and Lived: Born in Los Angeles, California; Lived in Whittier, CA since 1986
Professional Career and Activities: Have worked at Wardman Library, Whittier College since I graduated with an MSLS from USC School of Library and Information Management in 1985.
My areas of scholarly expertise include: the Hollywood blacklist and the career of Richard Nixon
I have published three articles about the Hollywood blacklist and screenwriter Michael Wilson. The most recent appears in “Film History” (vol 24, #1 – 2012): “Unfinished business: Michael Wilson’s ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom’ Screenplay” is about the script troubles with the classic film, “Lawrence of Arabia”.
I have also written a scholarly article (“California History”, Fall 1994) and chapter in a reference book about Richard Nixon.
Family: I am single and have lived in Southern California all of my life. My parents are now deceased, but I have two brothers and their families live in the area.
In My Spare Time: I enjoy attending USC (not South Carolina) home football games in the fall.
My favorite recreational activity is fly fishing. During the summer, I usually make at least one fishing trip to the High Sierras around Mammoth Lakes, CA. I also accompany a long time friend in Northern California and fish the waters around Redding, CA (i.e., Upper and Lower Sacramento Rivers, McCloud River). I had a great time fly fishing the San Juan River in Mexico last summer.
Favorite Books: I like reading non-fiction works, especially biographies. “Steve Jobs” (2011) by Walter Isaacsson was excellent. “Unbroken” (2010) by Laura Hillenbrand is an outstanding story about the human spirit and survival. “Longitude” (1995) by Dava Sobel was a
Pet Peeves: Lawn blowers.
Philosophy: I like to tell my nephews, “Act like you been there”
Most Memorable Career Achievement: I won the 2002 Carfax Award for my second article, “The ‘Friendly Persuasion’ Screenplay Controversy: Michael Wilson, Jessamyn West, and the Hollywood Blacklist”. This appears in “The Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television” (vol. 22, #4 – 2002)
Goal I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: I’ve already worked 28 years at Whittier College. I hope the job stays interesting up until the time to retire
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: More and more online coverage for reference and circulating books. Periodicals have already reached that point where the print versions are in the minority
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.