One of Tom's earliest memories about submarines was a boyhood visit with his family to the USS Nautilus in Groton, and Tom credits that experience for creating this, and two other submarine - related songs, decades later. In 1998, a collaboration between Tom and 4th CT Troubadour Bill Pere resulted in the commissioning ballad for the USS Connecticut – included on Tom's 2001 "Connecticut Grown" CD. In 2011, Tom's original song celebrating David Bushnell was included on his "Commemorations" CD. Bushnell's invention of "The Turtle" during the Revolutionary War led to his designation as the "Father Of The Sub-Surface Navy" , and a replica may be seen at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex.
During the Vietnam-Era, Tom served stateside in the United States Marine Corps, and after his honorable discharge, he taught English, Reading, and directed the chorus at East Hampton (CT) Junior High School. In 1977 he left the classroom to finish his Master's Degree at Wesleyan University, and embarked on a career as a full-time creative and performing artist, which continues to the present. The multi-faceted troubadour presents several hundred performances annually for tens of thousands of people, spanning nursery schools through nursing homes, throughout the Northeast – and beyond.
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