Yet another Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson
Mar 23, 2010


When you have a common name like “Tom Jackson” you commonly run across other people with the same name. I routinely get e-mail meant for somebody else named Tom Jackson. Still, when my wife and I watched an old movie called “The Woman in the Window” last weekend, we were startled when we saw the name of one of the actors listed in the credits: Thomas E. Jackson.

Thomas E. Jackson is my name, too (although my middle name isn’t Edward, the actor’s middle name.)

I looked up “Thomas E. Jackson” on the invaluable Internet Movie Database and discovered that he was a veteran character actor who racked up 174 movie and TV credits (sometimes as “Tom Jackson” or “Thomas Jackson.”)

Alas, big-time stardom eluded him. Apparently his biggest role came in 1931, when he played a cop in the gangster flick “Little Caesar.” The role in “The Woman in the Window” also was fairly substantial (again, Jackson played a police officer). But many of his roles are listed as “uncredited.” He had a part in “The Big Sleep,” but his scenes were cut from the film.

The most famous living “Tom Jackson” I ever heard of was a Denver Broncos football player who is now a commentator on ESPN. He was born in Cleveland. In my extreme youth, there was a rock singer named Tommy James, of Tommy James and the Shondells (he did “Crimson and Clover,” later covered by Joan Jett.) His real name is Thomas J. Jackson, and he was born in Dayton.


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Mr. Jackson,

Regarding Tommy James:

A couple of yrs. ago I was speaking with a chamber of commerce exec. who had booked him for event. She said that he was a real prima donna. He performed a truncated show and complained about everything - never again.

Sad, as I enjoyed his pop tunes in my youth. Maybe he's gotten cranky in his old age? Perhaps it's due to a lack of "Mony, Mony"?

The rule of 250:

If one person has a bad experience with a product or service they will tell their friends and acquaintances and those people in turn will tell others; hence the number 250.

Unfortunately, when most people have a good experience, they only tell two or three.

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Mr. Jackson:

It might be time for a Ken Mayland update. I'd enjoy reading his thoughts regarding this massive deficit Federal spending in support of the Brave New Deal. Perhaps some other readers would too.

Maybe he has some ideas on how to solve Ohio's unemployment situation?

I looked at his website and he's posted nothing new since the beginning of the year. Looks like ya gotta be a paid subscriber to get the 'good stuff.'

But, as an influential member of the media, you can cut to the head of the line.


I came across the following Soviet joke:

A Hungarian is sent to the Gulag.

One of his fellow prisoners asks him, "˜How long is your sentence?'

He replies, "˜Ten years.'

The prisoner then asks, "˜What was your crime?'

He replies, "˜Nothing.'

The prisoner responds angrily, "˜Nothing? You lucky b*stard! You must have connections. Everyone knows that the sentence for "˜Nothing' is twenty years!'