||Trojans certainly know their Tommys. Only 16 of the 131 readers who entered the Autumn 2000 Last Word contest were in any doubt about our Thomases. One contestant, John S. Jensen 75, blew us away with his mastery of Tommy trivia. In addition to solving all our clues, he voluneered a long list of candidates we had overlooked. A sampling: the Midwests Tommy (Wisconsin governor Tommy G. Thompson); the army recruiters Tommy (or Tommy Atkins, a generic nickname for a British soldier); Tommygoff (a jumping viper); Tommy ruff (an Australian herring); tommyrot (English slang expression meaning utter foolishness or nonsense), the bovine worlds Tommy (Thompsons gazelle); Tommy bar (a workmans tool); and The Tommyknockers (Stephen Kings 1988 thriller).
If ingenuity counted, Mr. Jensen would surely be receiving a Borders gift certificate. As it is, hell have to settle for fame. Our five winners chosen randomly from the 115 in-Tommy-table Last Worders who submitted correct entries were Tommy Kenna MSSM 93 (great name!), Alan H. Sarkisian JD 80, Jacqueline Rucker 87, Kathie Eichfeld and Janet Fay Moralez MA 87.
The correct answers to Oh, Tommy! are listed below. It youre looking for a puzzle thatll bring out the train-hopping, harmonica-hooting hobo in you, check out our Riding the Rails quiz.
1. Tommy Lee Jones
2. Tommy Lasorda
3. Tommy Gun (or Thompson Sub-machine Gun)
4. Tommy Hilfiger
5. Tommy Burns
6. Tommy Tune
7. Tommy, the rock opera by The Who (or Tommy Walker)
8. Tommy Dorsey
9. Tommys Original World Famous Hamburgers (or founder Tommy Koulax)
10. Tommy Hitchcock Jr.