Tom Gorey

Profile Updated: September 4, 2009
I Reside: Germantown, MD USA
Spouse/Partner: Annette Woodhams Gorey, class of '69
My Homepage:
My Children: Four children:
Erinn (b. 1975)
Joseph (born and died Nov. 1977)
Shannon (b. 1978)
Kerry More…(b. 1985)

Four grandchildren:
Devinn (b. 1996)
Donovan (b. 2002)
Anthony (b. 2007)
Nonie (b. 2008)
Occupation(s): Senior Pub. Aff. Specialist, Bureau of Land Mgt.
Military Service: High draft lottery number
My 50th Reunion Experience in Detail:

In detail? I prefer to keep it pithy: superlative!

My Nick Name:

Backflip Louie

Why I want to come to this reunion:

It's now history. It was super...and went way too fast. Let's do it again -- and not wait till we're 68.

Where I was born:

Salt Lake City

An Opening Statement:

Married Annette Woodhams in August 1973.
She keeps the Goreys of Germantown, Md., moving forward in the Great Hamster Wheel of Life.

Elementary School:

Ensign (Salt Lake)

Jr. High School:

7th-8th: St. Mark's (Salt Lake); 9th: Western

Marital Status:


My Email address:

My Playlist:

Rock of all types/Euro bubblegum dance
Irish/Celtic/Contemporary surf/Frank Sinatra
Tony Bennett/Swing music

My Parents:

Hays Gorey, 88 (Irish Catholic side of the family)
Nonie Hammond Gorey, 87 (Mormon pioneer side of the family)


Duke University, B.A. cum laude, 1974; double major in history and religion

Professional Achievement(s):


My Biggest Disappointment(s):

Getting passed over for a Grammy

Three words to describe myself in 1969?

Studious. Dissenter. Stoic.

A Walt Whitman Story:

Letting the pulled-down window shade fly on the window between Mrs. Walz's in-session junior English class and an adjacent room. When my fave teacher and Yearbook adviser came storming into the adjacent room to find out what had happened, I insisted that the disruption was a "complete accident."

My Favorite Teacher(s):

Mary Jo Walz, my beloved English teacher in 11th grade and Yearbook adviser in 12th grade
Honorable mention: Charlie Cockrell; Mr. Jeffries; Mr. Higgins

What was my BEST moment at Whitman:

Junior and senior years, including serving in SGA, working on Saga, and contributing to the Black and White

What I loved most about Whitman:

Among other episodes: Breaking the news during English class to Mrs. Walz as to why I did well on her pop test re: "The Great Gatsby" -- Monarch Notes.

What was my WORST moment at Whitman:

10th grade, though 9th grade at Western Jr. High was even worse. Hey -- you try moving from Salt Lake to Bethesda when you're 14!!!

What I hated most about Whitman:

Grade pressure

Family members who attended Whitman:

Annette Woodhams Gorey, her five sisters, and her two brothers

My Interests:

Debunking the conventional wisdom/History of all types/True crime/Duke basketball/Collecting vintage photo postcards and photos, primarily from the Silent Era

Truth or Dare?

"What is truth?"
~ Pontius Pilate

My Weakness:

Femmes fatales, Ponzi schemes, Billy Mays (RIP) commercials

My Favorite Music:

See Playlist

My Favorite Food:


My Favorite Restaurants:


My Favorite "My Time":

The weekends

My Favorite Hero(s):

Eddie Haskell/Martin Luther/John Calvin/Lincoln
Michael Collins (Irish rebel)/James Stuart Russell (see below)/Phillip E. Johnson (see below)/Freddy Kassab, father-in-law and nemesis of Green Beret convicted murderer Jeffrey MacDonald (read and see "Fatal Vision")/My Irish and Mormon pioneer ancestors

My Favorite Book(s):

***"THE PAROUSIA" (1878) by James Stuart Russell***
"Last Days Madness: Obsession of the Modern Church" by Gary DeMar/"The Beast of Revelation" [Nero], by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr./"Darwin on Trial" by Phillip E. Johnson/"Darwin Day In America" by John G. West/"Fatal Vision" by Joe McGinniss/"Case Closed" by Gerald Posner/"In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote/"Angela's Ashes" by Frank McCourt/"The Occult Roots of Nazism" by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke/"Himmler's Crusade: the Nazi Expedition [to Tibet] to Find the Origins of the Aryan Race" by Christopher Hale/"Louise Brooks" by Barry Paris/"Valentino" by Irving Shulman/"Seductive Cinema: The Art of Silent Film" by James Card/Anything by Hays Gorey/Anything by Edward Gorey

My Favorite Movie(s):

"Seven Year Itch"/"What's Up, Doc?/"Dead Poets Society"/"Ben-Hur"/"Sunset Boulevard"/"Citizen Kane"/"Witness"/"Crimes and Misdemeanors" (directed by Woody Allen)/"What About Bob?"/"Lost in America"/"Mean Girls"/"Deliverance"/"My Cousin Vinny"/"Napoleon Dynamite"/"Sunrise" (silent)/"Tombstone"/"Prix de Beaute" starring Louise Brooks/"Pillow Talk"/"Lover Come Back"/"Send Me No Flowers"/"The Molly Maguires" starring Sean Connery and Richard Harris"/"The Field" starring Richard Harris/"Michael Collins"/"Waking Ned Devine"/"This is my Father"/"The Blue Angel"/"Nicholas and Alexandra"/"The Bad Seed"/"Psycho"/"Fatal Vision"/"Glengarry Glen Ross"/"Amadeus"/"Throw Momma From the Train"/"City Slickers"/"Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" (thanks for the reminder on that one, Rick Johnston Neumann!)/"Office Space"/"American Beauty"/"42nd Street"/"Gold Diggers of 1933"/"Cool Hand Luke"

My Favorite Musicals:

"Oliver!," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Singin' in the Rain," ...and the yet-to-be-made musical about our Class Prez (working title: "Lisa!")

My Favorite Sports Teams:

Blue Devils

My Favorite Smell:

Napalm in the morning

My Health:

Could you be more specific?

My Biggest Loser Numbers:

Never noticed.

My Giving:

Not enough.

My Bucket List:

Hooking up with my rendezvous with destiny

Famous or interesting people you've met?

Yes, including Lindsay Lohan in one of my dreams

How do I relax?

Sleep and dream

What is your Biggest turn-on?

Marcia Brady of the Brady Bunch
Susan Boyle (never been kissed but she got screwed)
Being shouted at by Billy Mays (RIP)
Needed scientific and theological paradigm shifts

What is your Biggest turn-off?

Conspiracy theorists
End-of-world alarmists (both religious and secular)

Language(s) I speak:

English, but not Gaelic, sad to say

My Pets:

Three wonderful, spoiled cats

I was a Hippie:


Favorite Quotation/s:

Don't go GONZO on me, Tommy.
~ Marnie Spencer

Philosophy of life/Credo:

Athanasius contra mundum
(Athanasius against the world)

Last book read/Book now reading:

Current: "The Professors," by David Horowitz [thanks for the recommend, Jeff Southmayd]
and "Darwinian Fairytales: Selfish Genes, Errors of Heredity, and Other Fables of Evolution," by David Stove

My Tombstone reads:

Thank you for coming.

My Song Dedications:

"MacArthur Park" to Annette Woodhams Gorey


Still vigorously pursuing self-actualization.

What I Need:

All my wants disguise themselves as "needs."

About My Wife:

Keeps my boat afloat.

About My Children:

World's greatest.

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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Yours Truly in 1996 at King Herod's amazing fortress in Israel at Masada, near the Dead Sea. The fortress was occupied by 1st-century Jewish rebels -- the Zealots -- who committed suicide rather than surrender to the Romans, who methodically laid siege to the site in A.D. 73. A detailed account of Masada's fall can be found in the Jewish historian Josephus' work "The Jewish War." Three years earlier, Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed by the Romans, the historical and theological significance of which is cogently interpreted in James Stuart Russell's 1878 book "The Parousia."
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Before the Great Sphinx during my trip to Israel and Egypt in Jan.-Feb. 1996. I found the Sphinx, which looms over the outskirts of Cairo, to be more stunning, visually, than the Great Pyramid (built for the ruler Cheops) and her sister pyramids at Giza.
Posted: Mar 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Front: Erinn and Devinn Gorey, Debbi Woodhams Zepp's friend Margie, Donovan Gorey, Anne Woodhams; Back: Yours Truly, Rick Johnston Neumann, and Annette
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Yours Truly, circa 1970-71.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 11:48 PM
My future bride and Yours Truly at Great Falls, circa 1970-71
Posted: Mar 07, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Bethany Beach - August 2007
Posted: Mar 09, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Erinn Louise Gorey and daughter Donovan
Posted: Mar 08, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Halloween 2008 with the Goreys.
From left: Son-in-law Paul Trentadue, with Anthony, 1, daughter Shannon Trentadue, with Nonie, 5 months, and granddaughters Devinn, 12, Donovan, 6, and our daughter Erinn.
Posted: Mar 09, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Louise Brooks, Silent Era anti-star
Posted: Mar 09, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Nita Naldi, leading vamp of her day, starred in several films with Rudolph Valentino. I have this magazine, from August 1923, in my Silent Era collection.