Tom is a native of New York City. He, and his wife Andi, moved to Asheville last July to be with their daughter, Megan, her husband, Steve, and their new grandson, Henry. As a young man, Tom aspired, unsuccessfully, to be a cartoonist for Mad magazine. His dream thwarted, he became a banker, in New York and Miami. In retirement he has drifted aimlessly for the last sixteen years.