Residing in Lebanon, Indiana, with his wife, Sandy and 2 children, Andrew and Samantha, Tom is a local business owner. Describing growing up in his hometown of 12,000 residents, it was the ideal American “small town” of the 1960s. There were dozens of other neighborhood kids who constantly played outside until dark, riding their bicycles everywhere, visiting the public swimming pool every afternoon in the summer, working as a paperboy delivering the local newspaper, building snow forts & snowball fights in the winter. It was the ideal place to grow up.
After graduating from high school, Tom spent 4 years in the U.S. military, living in Italy for almost 3 years where he travelled extensively throughout Italy and Europe. Returning back home he attended and graduated from Butler University earning a B.S. Degree in Radio/Television. While a Senior at Butler, Tom was hired by WIBC radio station to produce the #1 rated morning show in the Indianapolis market, the 10th highest rated morning show in the U.S., providing the creative ideas, scheduling guests and handling the radio station’s promotions.
While growing up Tom’s sense of humor was strongly influenced by Mad magazine, Warner Brothers cartoons, the Three Stooges, Laugh-In and later Steve Martin, Robin Williams and the early years of Saturday Night Live. These influences contributed to bending his already warped sense of humor that is evident in his Off Center comic panels. As a new comic panel, Tom’s goals for Off Center is that it will be syndicated worldwide, to other planets throughout the galaxy and become the official comic of the International Space Station.