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Tom (right) with George, 1975 Tom Soter, 2011
George celebrates Christmas.It was the first Christmas I could recall without the presence of my father, George. Only days before, my dad – at the time, just 59 years old, which seemed so old back then but which now, at age 56, has me saying, “How young!” – had undergone the first of many medical traumas in his life. He suffered a heart attack.It was rough but my father must have been born under a lucky star. It was the holiday season and George was helping my mother out by cleaning potatoes for a meal. My mother noticed he was acting a bit oddly. She found him sitting at the kitchen table, a potato in his hand, staring into space.“What’s wrong with you?” she asked.“I’ve run out of potatoes,” he said in an odd monotone.“Well, then get some more.”
Effie in Greece, 1963BIG DEAL My mother died today. But she had actually left us a long time ago, her identity erased by Alzheimer's Disease – bit by bit, drip by drip, in a painful process that would be heart-wrenching in any situation but was especially poignant with my mother. For my mother, Effie, treasured her memories: to her, the past was not something to be discarded like an old shoe but something to revisit again and again like an old friend.
SELECTED BOND NOVELS IN PAPERBACK, 1950s-2011I'm a collector. Not a ticket collector or a collector in the Terence Stamp sense, but a collector of books, DVDs, and other odds and ends (others might call me a pack rat, but that's another story). One thing a collector likes to do is share his collection with others. Here From Russia With Love, 1968, USA From Russia With Love, 1968, USA (back cover) are some paperback novel covers from my James Bond collection. More to come. June 24, 2011 From Russia With Love, 1971, USA From Russia With Love, 1971, USA (back cover) From Russia With Love, 1958, USA From Russia With Love, 1958, USA (back cover)
BRIDGET, MIKE, BOBBY DeNIRO...and TOM?
Act NaturallyMy Life and Apar FilmsPart 2: Horror(The Place, 1972, 2011) New Jersey location for the new version of THE PLACE.
Act NaturallyMy Life and Apar FilmsPart I: Beginnings(Clayton Rogers and the Parfarganian Menace, 1969)
(DON'T) LET THEM EAT CAKE from HABITAT, DECEMBER 2010 Being on a board is like being on a diet. You know it’s for your own good, but it can get very tedious. Sure, you should eat soup and salad but doesn’t the cream-filled chocoate cake seem so much tastier? It must be better for you, right? You feel good after eating it – until you’ve eaten so much that when you look down you can’t see your feet anymore.
A CLASS ACTBy TOM SOTER
JOE, WE HARDLY KNEW YEBy TOM SOTER and TOM SINCLAIR Siny (left) and Joe, with Jesse Owens in 1966.