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ID: Thomas Mark Weiner

  • Tom Weiner teaches sixth grade at the Smith College Campus School.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Tom Weiner teaches sixth grade at the Smith College Campus School.
    KEVIN GUTTING

  • Tom Weiner teaches sixth grade at the Smith College Campus School.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Tom Weiner teaches sixth grade at the Smith College Campus School.
    KEVIN GUTTING

  • Tom Weiner teaches sixth grade at the Smith College Campus School.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Tom Weiner teaches sixth grade at the Smith College Campus School.
    KEVIN GUTTING

  • Tom Weiner teaches sixth grade at the Smith College Campus School.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Tom Weiner teaches sixth grade at the Smith College Campus School.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Tom Weiner teaches sixth grade at the Smith College Campus School.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

Tom Weiner is the author of “Called To Serve: Stories of Men and Women Confronted by the Vietnam War Draft,” a book that features the testimony of 30 people and their varied responses to being drafted. Now he’s at work on a new book, “Men’s and Women’s Support Groups and Their Impact on the Lives of Their Members.”

Full name: Thomas Mark Weiner

People know you as: Tom (Tommy to family and my men’s group)

Date and place of birth: Oct. 22, 1949, Kew Gardens, Queens, N.Y.

Address: Northampton

Job: Sixth-grade teacher at the Smith College Campus School (37 years)

Who lives under the same roof as you? Susan Dudek, my wife of 26 years

Children: Annabel, 42; Caleb, 37; Madeline, 24; Stefan, 21; and three grandchildren, Harry, 6; Ella, 3; and Emma, soon to be 1

Education: Teaneck, (N.J.) High School; Trinity College, Hartford, Conn.; master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Pets: Golden retrievers Cruiser and Lilah

Hobbies: Playing piano, biking, writing, hiking, traveling, cross-country skiing, kayaking

Book you’d recommend to a friend: “Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story” by Timothy B. Tyson

Favorite movie/TV show/musical group: Movie — “Searching for Sugarman”; TV shows — “Parenthood” and “Treme”; group — my son’s band, Town Hall

Five items you can’t live without: Turtlenecks in winter, shorts in summer, my camera, my reading light, my New Balance sneakers

Last thing you purchased just for fun: A chocolate chip cookie from the Hungry Ghost in Northampton

What’s at the top of your bucket list? A trip to Alaska

Life-changing experience: Meeting my wife, Susan

Strangest job you ever held: I drove a taxi in New York City on weekend nights during the summer of 1970, and took the census in Englewood, N.J., during the week

Current Facebook status: Emancipation Proclamation 150th anniversary

A little-known fact about you: I had long straight hair in college

Dumbest thing you ever did: Misplacing my car in New York City and taking a bus home (my mother found the car the next day while driving around the neighborhood)

One trend you’d like to see return: Video stores — especially one like Pleasant Street Video

What really sets you off? Standing in line and traffic jams

If you could spend the day with a celebrity from any time in history, who would it be? Frederick Douglass — an abolitionist who supported women’s rights way before it was fashionable

Best advice you ever got: Don’t sweat the small stuff — it’s almost all small stuff ...

Favorite place to get a bite: Pintu’s Indian Restaurant in West Springfield (all-you-can-eat lunch buffet) and Mosaic Cafe in Northampton (best veggie crepe this side of Morocco)

Favorite team: I switched to Boston/New England teams when I moved here from New York, and each season that team is my favorite (except for hockey, which is way too violent)

What does your ideal weekend look like? Bed-and-breakfast in Vermont with my wife, a great dinner, hiking, kayaking or snowshoeing

One thing you would change about yourself: I’d sleep later in the morning

What gives you the creeps? Violence in TV shows, movies and video games

People who knew you in high school thought you were: Nobody knew me in high school

Whom do you most admire? Howard Zinn for telling the truth about our country’s history; Frances Crowe for her life of social activism

Parting shot: “Until the lion tells the tale, tales of the hunt will glorify the hunter” — an African proverb

— Keri-Ann Aubin

Editor’s Note — To suggest someone for ID, email Keri-Ann Aubin at kaubin@gazettenet.com.

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