In Memory

Thomas DeLong

Thomas DeLong

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03/10/13 02:07 PM #1    

Monique Stevenson

Tom DeLong was a bright and talented friend.  We shared an interest in the theatre and music.  He had an affinity for languages which I much admired.  Although sometimes quirky, he was probably just a man ahead of his time.  After all, doesn't everyone burn insense in German class before a final?

Pax vobiscum, Thomas.

03/10/13 03:53 PM #2    

Roy Porfido

Tom and I were best friends in high school. We had theater in common and Tom taught me the art of using our ambiguous language to create puns and double meaning of words in the form of comedy. We created a company call Troupers Trunk Productions. Together we wrote and recorded comedy scripts, radio plays and created sound effects.

We were in all the school plays school and even worked on producing our Senior Play, Once Upon a Peach Pit. It was a takeoff on the Broadway musical Once Upon a Mattress which made Carol Burnett a star. (Because of the title, SLHS would not allow us to do the that show, so we did our own parody of if.

I agree totally with Monique Stevenson comment about Tom being ahead of his time. Tom was brilliant. He taught himself to play guitar (he love playing folk music) and the harmonica. No easy tasks. He loved acting and performing with a natural comedy wit.

At that time Hal Holbrook was doing a one man show about Mark Twain Tonight. Tom was very skilled with theatrical makeup and transformed himself into Mark Twain. I played the part of the newspaper reporter who interviewed Twain. (We created the script from a book by Twain.) We would volunteer to perform for any group that would have us.

We did one skit that ended up with Tom getting a face full of whipped cream. We didn't have whipped cream so we used shaving cream instead. We did that a few times until Tom's eyes couldn't take the burning anymore and we finely did switched to whipped cream.

After high school, we both worked the summer of 1963 at Squaw Valley, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. We remained friends for a few years after until his untimely death in an automobile accident. Sorry, I don’t remember the date.

This upcoming reunion has brought up many found memories of my old friend Tom DeLong that I hadn’t thought about in years. I am sure Tom will join us in spirit in August at our reunion.

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