About me

After 30+ years in public education, I retired from the University of Connecticut and decided to do something “different”.   I didn’t want to spend the rest of my years drinking beer and watching TV, so I started traveling (annual hiking adventures in southern Switzerland) and learned to fly (ASEL).   In addition, I’m now studying and teaching early 19th century agriculture and horticulture to thousands of visitors at Old Sturbridge Village (Massachusetts), serving as research librarian at the New England Air Museum (Connecticut), and in addition to the Mercedes-Benz, enjoying other old cars:

1976 MGB


1959 Triumph TR3


1958 Rambler American DeLuxe


1953 MG TD

Left front



5 Responses to About me

  1. Basil says:

    Just thought I’d be the first to leave you a comment. Looking good so far!

  2. Judy Wrobel a/k/a judow says:

    I know your health is worrisome but if at all possible, you must have this adventure. Please go to the facebook page of Drive Away Cancer. It’s about Grace, a ’54 Healey and John Nikas, her driver. Perhaps you already are familiar with her. If not, Grace and John’s adventure is a must read. Merry Christmas, stay safe and warm.

  3. Gary Anderson says:

    Just to let you know that I’ve checked in on your website as you suggested to get some background on you and the trip. There are definitely some good articles in all of this for The Star, and I’m certainly happy to hear that you beat the cancer back to remission and are now on a new mission to restore the car and drive it on the original route.

    All the best,

  4. Judy Wrobel says:

    I’ve bookmarked your blog and am looking forward to almost daily blogs once you are out on the open highway. As an f/y/i Doug is a pilot and besides cars you both have a baseline for conversation should I not be here when you arrive. I’m ‘Chatty Cathy’ and Doug – well let’s just say he let’s me chat and interrupts with caution. 🙂

  5. Aubrey Staines says:

    Tom, good day!
    For the past few months I have been following your blog. The more and more you write about your new adventures the more and more you amaze me! It’s so neat how full of information you are! I’m very excited to hear all about your exciting adventures cross country! ( if the car makes it out of your driveway ! 😉 ) Just make sure to get back to New England before October next year! Safe travels!


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