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Tom Stafford

Tom Stafford has worked at the News-Sun and lived in Springfield for 30 years, covering most of the newsroom beats. For 28 years he has written a weekly feature column and for about 15 years has explored the area's history in a weekly feature called Looking Back. A graduate of Wittenberg University, his personal interests include playing music, in-line skating on area bike trails and reading.

Latest from Tom Stafford

Stafford: Learn about cancer while applauding survivors
 OK, class, I know it’s late in the school year, but Mr. Stafford needs you to settle down and take your seats. We’re starting today with a little quiz. Save your groans. The torture won’t last long this time. Just three questions, true or false, easy-peasy. But there’s a catch, a reason you might want to put down your...

Posted: 22 hours ago

OK, class, I know it’s late in the school year, but Mr. Stafford needs you to settle down and take your seats. We’re starting today with a little quiz. Save your groans. The torture won’t last long this time. Just three questions, true or false, easy-peasy. But there’s a catch, a reason you might want to put down your...
Stafford: Imperfect traffic leads to pefect day debate
 I used to think of a perfect day as a day on which nothing goes wrong. That began to change for me not long ago in one of the region’s most imperfect of places: Southbound I-75 just north of the exit at Edwin C. Moses Drive. As anyone who travels Ohio 4 to I-75 and heads south during rush hour knows, somewhere north of the exit, traffic...

Posted: 7 days ago

I used to think of a perfect day as a day on which nothing goes wrong. That began to change for me not long ago in one of the region’s most imperfect of places: Southbound I-75 just north of the exit at Edwin C. Moses Drive. As anyone who travels Ohio 4 to I-75 and heads south during rush hour knows, somewhere north of the exit, traffic...
Stafford: Recalling a father’s kindness, steadying influence
 If he had lived another week, my father would have turned 89. I’m glad he didn’t. I could hear the evidence of his suffering in my mother and brother’s voices when I talked with them on the phone during his last week. Then, when I visited the funeral home and told my brother I was relieved to have seen Dad’s body because...

Posted: 14 days ago

If he had lived another week, my father would have turned 89. I’m glad he didn’t. I could hear the evidence of his suffering in my mother and brother’s voices when I talked with them on the phone during his last week. Then, when I visited the funeral home and told my brother I was relieved to have seen Dad’s body because...
Springfield Civil War Symposium returns
 During the 1850s, Southern settlers migrated across the Ohio River into parts of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois south of present-day Interstate 70, causing all three states to have what historian Nicole Etcheson describes as “very divided feelings” at the outbreak of the Civil War. The Alexander M. Bracken Professor of History at...

Posted: 21 days ago

During the 1850s, Southern settlers migrated across the Ohio River into parts of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois south of present-day Interstate 70, causing all three states to have what historian Nicole Etcheson describes as “very divided feelings” at the outbreak of the Civil War. The Alexander M. Bracken Professor of History at...
Clark County group’s 75th shows ties that bind us, Ohio State
 As Buckeye football players link arms after a game and join fans in the singing of Carmen Ohio, trumpets mimic the sound of chiming bells to underscore the importance of the tie between student and alma mater against the rush of time. Last month, I sensed a touch of what may even be a stronger human tie when so many women I’ve come...

Posted: 28 days ago

As Buckeye football players link arms after a game and join fans in the singing of Carmen Ohio, trumpets mimic the sound of chiming bells to underscore the importance of the tie between student and alma mater against the rush of time. Last month, I sensed a touch of what may even be a stronger human tie when so many women I’ve come...
Springfield group dies into archaeological secrets
 The Standing Stones of Stenness, Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar sound like names written in runic type on maps J.R.R. Tolkien drew for his Lord of the Rings trilogy. They are, in fact, ancient archaeological sites on the Orkney Islands off the northern coast of Scotland, and what researchers are learning there may be changing the map...

5:00 PM Saturday, Mar. 25, 2017

The Standing Stones of Stenness, Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar sound like names written in runic type on maps J.R.R. Tolkien drew for his Lord of the Rings trilogy. They are, in fact, ancient archaeological sites on the Orkney Islands off the northern coast of Scotland, and what researchers are learning there may be changing the map...
Stafford: Anthropologist remembers Springfield colleague
 On March 31, Ph.D. Michael Blakey will visit Wittenberg University to tell students about the history he and other archaeologists found written in the bones unearthed, examined and reburied at the historic African American Burial Grounds National Monument in Lower Manhattan. Earlier this month, the scientific director of the project and the...

2:00 AM Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017

On March 31, Ph.D. Michael Blakey will visit Wittenberg University to tell students about the history he and other archaeologists found written in the bones unearthed, examined and reburied at the historic African American Burial Grounds National Monument in Lower Manhattan. Earlier this month, the scientific director of the project and the...
Springfield tied to the mother of modern CSI work
 Benjamin Warder left Springfield a lovely library on a prominent hill, and Asa Bushnell’s stately stone mansion stills stands on High Street. But John Glessner, the third partner of local manufacturing giant Warder, Bushnell & Glessner, moved to Chicago in 1870 to represent the company’s interests, then went on to become an officer...

4:00 PM Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017

Benjamin Warder left Springfield a lovely library on a prominent hill, and Asa Bushnell’s stately stone mansion stills stands on High Street. But John Glessner, the third partner of local manufacturing giant Warder, Bushnell & Glessner, moved to Chicago in 1870 to represent the company’s interests, then went on to become an officer...
Stafford: Communication complex, but kindness can alleviate anxiety
 For people my age, the term audio-visual conjures up memories of metal Bell & Howell movie and film strip projectors being pushed around hallways by fellow students who seemed to be headed either nowhere or to what would become Silicon Valley. So I raised an eyebrow the other day when I double-clicked on an Internet clip in which the eminent...

4:00 AM Sunday, Mar. 05, 2017

For people my age, the term audio-visual conjures up memories of metal Bell & Howell movie and film strip projectors being pushed around hallways by fellow students who seemed to be headed either nowhere or to what would become Silicon Valley. So I raised an eyebrow the other day when I double-clicked on an Internet clip in which the eminent...
A walk through a D.C. neighborhood
 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Waiting at the crosswalk on Columbia Road NW at 18th Street, in the heart of Washington’s Adams-Morgan neighborhood, I heard two young men engaged in one of those early 20s arguments that, to the compromised ears of this 62-year-old drummer, sounded a bit like toddlers arguing over which Mutant Ninja Turtle...

10:00 PM Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Waiting at the crosswalk on Columbia Road NW at 18th Street, in the heart of Washington’s Adams-Morgan neighborhood, I heard two young men engaged in one of those early 20s arguments that, to the compromised ears of this 62-year-old drummer, sounded a bit like toddlers arguing over which Mutant Ninja Turtle...
Stafford: Health care coverage costs concerning
 This may not be sweet. It will be short. You likely have seen the commercial. It’s one of those, “What’s in your wallet?” ads for Capital One and has the usual message. Dear Consumer: If you’re piling up bonus cash while using your charge card, you shouldn’t be cheated by some company that places all kinds...

1:00 PM Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017

This may not be sweet. It will be short. You likely have seen the commercial. It’s one of those, “What’s in your wallet?” ads for Capital One and has the usual message. Dear Consumer: If you’re piling up bonus cash while using your charge card, you shouldn’t be cheated by some company that places all kinds...