Embarrassing National Tom Sawyers Days Photos From My Past (Part One)
It's time that the truth be told. I was a Tom Sawyer. The year 1979 to be specific. Many of us males who were born in Hannibal have gone through this ritual. If you enter seventh grade and have even a hint of red hair, you are forced by city ordinance to give a speech and then your fellow students vote to determine if you're worthy to be a "Tom Sawyer". I was "fortunate" to be one of the final five in 1979. And, I have the photos to prove it.
In the second picture, I am holding an apple and a fishing pole. The good part of this picture is I hadn't yet appeared in public. That was about to change.
In the third picture, the public mocking began. I am pictured with the other Tom and Becky candidates standing outside of a building. The girl in the far right on the third pic (Cindy) can now be found laughing at your electric bill at the Hannibal Board of Public Works. (Tell her I sent you) And in the fourth pic, me and Jenny Viorel-Hilbert stand somewhere hot in downtown Hannibal.
I'll continue this parade of family humiliation tomorrow. You have been warned.