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* Tom's biography *

or, "It all began in a plucky little 500-watt station in Fresno..."

Other resources: I was born in Mount Kisco, New York, in May, 1968, the youngest of four children. Appropriately, my mother went into labor while watching "Mission: Impossible." I passed my entire childhood there (Mount Kisco, that is), except for one year the family spent in England when I was eight. As a youth I excelled in music, drama, math, photography, collecting things, computers, anxiety attacks, depression, obsessive behavior, low self-esteem, and getting beaten up by my peers.

When I was 18, I went off to study composition at Oberlin Conservatory. After one year, I got a full scholarship to the College/Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and transferred there. I lasted all of seven months in Cincinnati before getting wanderlust: I dropped out, went to Florida to act (and serve food) in a dinner theater production of Fiddler on the Roof. The theater went out of business during the show's run.

I spent the summer of 1988 doing technical theater at an amusement park between Buffalo and Rochester, with the stripper-like name of Darien Lake. Over the course of the summer, I made several life decisions, chief among them:

  • To go back to school and learn how to debauch like any normal young adult, and
  • To start a book.
So back to Cincinnati I went, albeit on a smaller scholarship. And sho' nuff, the book was published by Times Change Press in 1990 and I graduated in 1991.

I've lived in San Francisco since then, except for a six-months volunteer stint at a language association in The Netherlands. As adults' lives are nicely defined by what they do for work, I'll let my résumé pick up the tale.

(Another version of this history was related for denizens of the Computer Book Publisher's mailing list.)

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