The 3,001st Post — Giving Thanks for Tom
Today’s post is The Agitator’s 3,001st.
And my first without Tom beside me in this foxhole.
After 10 years of conspiring on The Agitator it’s of course more than a bit sad and strange to be breaking the habit of checking each other’s work each day. Or bantering back and forth; sometimes seriously, sometimes irreverently, always hopefully.
I’ve never worked with anyone brighter than Tom… more intolerant of stupidity or sloppy thinking than Tom…nor more insolent toward the hidebound.
His penchant for demanding clear thinking occasionally made some folks uncomfortable, but always produced top-notch results on range of important issues—including the issue of fundraising.
I’m so happy for the folks around Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. In his position as a Regional Councillor voters are getting the benefit of a hell-raising official committed to the environment and intolerant of special interest pleading and governmental secrecy or sloth.
[ Below, from the Agitator scrapbook is ocular proof of an Agitator editorial conference in our Southern Hemisphere HQ ]
I can’t thank Tom enough for our nearly 50 years of friendship and for all he’s done (and will do!) for The Agitator .
But in terms of the difference he’s made toward a better world, I want to recognize him for his skill and tenacity at taking on tough issues and challenges.
Thanks to Tom and his work at Common Cause, my State of Florida, and lots of other states, have open government and public records laws baked into their constitutions. 18-year-olds have the right to vote. And ordinary citizens now have rights and access not present before he rolled up his sleeves.
Thanks to Tom and his work in the Carter White House and as head of Marketing and Communications for The Environmental Defense Fund, there’s a legacy of environmental and conservation gains that will hopefully survive the Trump onslaught.
Thanks to Tom and his partnership with Ted Turner in founding the Better World Society great gains were made on popularizing and acting on BIG issues nuclear proliferation and world population growth.
Tom is one of those rare dreamers and activists who understand the importance of mastering legislative policy, political organizing while also linking them to mastery of the engine of fundraising and communications. He understands that the first two can’t move forward without the latter.
I’m thrilled to see the outpouring of tributes and thanks to Tom from Agitator readers, many from folks he’s worked with or mentored over the years.
Please keep the kudos coming. They won’t go to his head. He’ll be grateful. And, in all probablility he’ll simply advise us, in the words of Yogi Berra, “Always go to other peoples’ funerals. Otherwise, they won’t come to yours.”
P.S. I’ll be back on Monday with the 3,0002nd post to outline what lies ahead. Have a good weekend.
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