Oh, Tommy!

Here in the entertainment capital of the world, we’ve made a high art of name-dropping. To the Hollywood in-crowd, no surnames are necessary: “Denzel,” “Leo” or “Jodie” says it all. But what about “Tommy?” To Trojans, there can be but one. See if you can identify “Tommy” in these other contexts.

1. This swarthy-faced Texan Tommy, an Oscar-winning actor, is also known in Washington circles as Al Gore’s Harvard college roommate.

2. Once a forgettable left-handed pitcher, he became unforgettable as “the dean of baseball managers.” The national pas-time’s Tommy spent 47 years with a single ball club, 20 of them as skipper – winning two World Series, four National League pennants, eight division titles and a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

3. To World War II veterans and Prohibition-era historians, Tommy is a terror. Though he weighed just 10 pounds, this little fellow wreaked havoc in Chicago’s back alleys and the trenches of Europe.

4. Within the glamour palaces of Rodeo Drive and Fifth Avenue, this Tommy isn’t just a person, it’s also a look – and a $1.6 billion fashion empire.

5. This Canadian Tommy pummeled his way to fame at the turn of the century. Born Noah Brusso, he was heavyweight champion of the world for two years and defended his title 11 times before his defeat by Jack Johnson in Sydney.

6. Andy Warhol once called this 6-foot, 6-inch tall Tommy “a human exclamation point.” The nine-time Tony winning actor, dancer, singer, choreographer and director remains arresting – currently starring in a Las Vegas theatrical extravaganza.

7. To Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Keith Moon and countless members of “their generation,” who else could Tommy be?

8. This trombone-playing Tommy was noted for his sweetness of tone. As a band leader he, along with his equally famous brother, dwells in the pantheon of swing-era immortals.

9. There are many imitators, but the original – a shack at the corner of Beverly and Rampart – is a 54-year-old Los Angeles institution. USC has its own time-honored ties to the establishment, including an annual binge-fest sponsored by the residence halls and a root beer-soaked initiation rite of the USC Marching Band.

10. This is probably who Prince Charles thinks of when he hears the name Tommy. Born in 1900, this American polo player is generally considered the greatest in the history of the sport.




Contest Rules

1. We are looking for the full or proper name of the Tommy described in each clue.
2. Send your answers by no later than September 15 to:

The Last Word
c/o USC Trojan Family Magazine
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2538

Submissions by fax (213-821-1100) and e-mail magazines@usc.edu are also welcome. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

3. We will award up to five $30 gift certificates from Borders Books and Music to those namedroppers who correctly identify each Tommy. If more than five correct entries are received, winners will be drawn by lot

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Last Word Solutions - Summer 2000

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