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In 1957 he shot his first portrait of a girl (Susie). Then started shooting photos of Jr. High football games and motocross races, crowds at carnivals and cars.
By the age of 15, after moving from his home town of Allen Park to Rochester he was in front of his TV photographing it with The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in progress. That happened in February 1964. He took the photos to school the next day and an enterprising senior girl started selling them. This began Tom's life in photography with music, girls and a bit of money. Tom put the blinders on and never looked back.
Since then he worked at a music store: Artist's Music he was the company truck driver between their three outlets in the Detroit area.
He set up equipment for: The Doors, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Janis Joplin, Cream,
The Jeff Beck Group and others.
In 1969 he became Bob Seger's road manager until 1974 when Tom started to photograph music artists that came to Michigan. Mostly working for record company promotion people.
A studio opened up in Clawson, MI called CID where he worked photographing advertising subjects and models.
He taught photography at The Academy Of The Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills, an all girls high school.
He was co-author of a book called: Travelin' Man: On the Road and Behind the Scenes with Bob Seger. Published by Wayne State Univ. Press.
Tom is currently working on a movie about being on the R'n'R road back in the day.