Tom was a person of truly prodigious learning. He valued sincerity and enthusiasm. He was the opposite of the academic hack who writes contrived articles designed for career advancement and to pass “peer review,” that most worthless of (recent) inventions. He published in “recognized” journals at times partly to prove that he could do it and that it was not through lack of ability that he mostly chose other venues.
Tom was by nature an independent thinker and saw himself as a dissident surrounded by a hostile academe which he regarded as a lost cause. This has been confirmed by the State University of New York headquarters, governing over sixty campuses, decision to abandon any courses in Western Civilization and to replace them with DIE – diversity, inclusion, and equity. This is a nationwide phenomenon first seen at more prestigious places like UC Berkeley and Stanford. Western Civ was a course that Tom was qualified to teach like almost no other, and he did, many times over the years. While a normal person might read one book, if at all, about Mycenaean Greeks, or the historical origins of King Arthur and its cultural significance, or the myth of Atlantis, all things Tom loved, Tom would literally read an entire bookshelf on such topics. Continue reading