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.

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Commentary: The things I thought when my first child turned 40
 Our daughter was born on a New Year’s Eve of 1978 in what then was Oberlin’s Allen Memorial Hospital. My editor at the time, who early in the pregnancy, said “It’s good to know you’re not firing blanks,” added some other fatherly words of wisdom at the time of the birth. In his high strung style, he said...

Posted: 2 days ago

Our daughter was born on a New Year’s Eve of 1978 in what then was Oberlin’s Allen Memorial Hospital. My editor at the time, who early in the pregnancy, said “It’s good to know you’re not firing blanks,” added some other fatherly words of wisdom at the time of the birth. In his high strung style, he said...
Springfield man supports nation’s emergency shelter system
 Sometimes he works from his girlfriend’s home in Louisville. Other times he’s at the Red Cross office in Springfield. On Jan. 3, Mike Schulsinger opened his laptop on the high, round table in the atrium in Clark County’s Main Library beneath a sign that reads “This Area Under Video Surveillance.” In a way, Schulsinger...

Posted: 9 days ago

Sometimes he works from his girlfriend’s home in Louisville. Other times he’s at the Red Cross office in Springfield. On Jan. 3, Mike Schulsinger opened his laptop on the high, round table in the atrium in Clark County’s Main Library beneath a sign that reads “This Area Under Video Surveillance.” In a way, Schulsinger...
Longtime nurse says Springfield blood donors in good hands
 The job was close to home and offered a mother with young children a key benefit: weekends and holidays off. So in April of 1975, 26-year-old Beryl Boggess left St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Dayton, where she’d both graduated from nursing school and worked for seven years, with a simple plan. She’d bide her time working...

Posted: 15 days ago

The job was close to home and offered a mother with young children a key benefit: weekends and holidays off. So in April of 1975, 26-year-old Beryl Boggess left St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Dayton, where she’d both graduated from nursing school and worked for seven years, with a simple plan. She’d bide her time working...
Springfield family carries on mission work in South Africa
 When Marshall Grant, Jr., returned from two-and-a-half weeks in South Africa in 2003, he was so smitten by the country’s beauty, “He talked about it like he did a woman,” said Malaka Grant, who married him soon after. In addition to the country’s natural beauty, “I really like culture, I really like learning...

Posted: 16 days ago

When Marshall Grant, Jr., returned from two-and-a-half weeks in South Africa in 2003, he was so smitten by the country’s beauty, “He talked about it like he did a woman,” said Malaka Grant, who married him soon after. In addition to the country’s natural beauty, “I really like culture, I really like learning...
COMMENTARY: Tom Stafford’s annual Christmas Carols remake
 He remains cooped up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London like a Santa in a snug pair of Spanx. But that hasn’t stopped Julian Assange from leaking. And what he leaked this time is bigger than the dope on Hillary’s emails. He leaked the list. THE LIST. I’m talking about the one the Deep State provides each year that contains...

3:00 PM Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018

He remains cooped up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London like a Santa in a snug pair of Spanx. But that hasn’t stopped Julian Assange from leaking. And what he leaked this time is bigger than the dope on Hillary’s emails. He leaked the list. THE LIST. I’m talking about the one the Deep State provides each year that contains...
COMMENTARY: Reflections on life in the stopped lane
 As I slowed to a stop in the left turn lane on westbound North Street at Bechtle Avenue, the driver’s side window rolled down on the van to my right. It would be a moment before a scene that seemed snatched from a Game of Thrones unfolded. Because of the angle between our cars, I was unable to see the queen’s full face. But, in...

5:00 PM Sunday, Dec. 09, 2018

As I slowed to a stop in the left turn lane on westbound North Street at Bechtle Avenue, the driver’s side window rolled down on the van to my right. It would be a moment before a scene that seemed snatched from a Game of Thrones unfolded. Because of the angle between our cars, I was unable to see the queen’s full face. But, in...
Stafford: Quest to be healthy lands local man in waters of Alcatraz
 The story of how Steve Neely found himself in a wet suit battling the currents between Alcatraz Island and San Francisco’s Aquatic Park on Oct. 17 goes back a year and a half to a day when he and Charlie Patterson shared a table at a Springfield Rotary Club function. Neither was as rotund as a rotunda. But both agreed it was time to...

7:00 PM Saturday, Dec. 01, 2018

The story of how Steve Neely found himself in a wet suit battling the currents between Alcatraz Island and San Francisco’s Aquatic Park on Oct. 17 goes back a year and a half to a day when he and Charlie Patterson shared a table at a Springfield Rotary Club function. Neither was as rotund as a rotunda. But both agreed it was time to...
Commentary: In world of artificial intelligence, I’ll be simply out of luck
 It’s time for counseling again. This time group counseling. Because while my relationship problem once was limited to the one woman who lives inside the self-checkout machine in the grocery I most often go to, it’s now spread to almost every woman inside every self-checkout machine I find. MORE FROM STAFFORD Stafford: ‘I&rsquo...

7:00 PM Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018

It’s time for counseling again. This time group counseling. Because while my relationship problem once was limited to the one woman who lives inside the self-checkout machine in the grocery I most often go to, it’s now spread to almost every woman inside every self-checkout machine I find. MORE FROM STAFFORD Stafford: ‘I&rsquo...
Commentary: Thanksgiving is a time to appreciate the humor, serenity of our bounty
 I look at Thanksgiving in two parts. First, Thursday will be the day on which we begin to make weighty decisions. A day on which we begin face the fats of life: the turkey, the mashed potatoes, the candied yams, the chicken-and-noodles, the ham and the green beans topped with toasted onions and infused with condensed cream of mushroom soup...

7:00 PM Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018

I look at Thanksgiving in two parts. First, Thursday will be the day on which we begin to make weighty decisions. A day on which we begin face the fats of life: the turkey, the mashed potatoes, the candied yams, the chicken-and-noodles, the ham and the green beans topped with toasted onions and infused with condensed cream of mushroom soup...
Stafford: Longtime friends, teachers created unforgettable moments for students
 Ardath Dellapina may have reason to worry. The collected antics her late husband, Richard, and the late Tom Wiegel have the potential to consign both to the balcony of history occupied by Muppet elders Waldorf and Statler. One wonders, for instance, what words passed between them the day Mr. Wiegel answered Mr. Dellapina’s call for...

5:00 PM Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018

Ardath Dellapina may have reason to worry. The collected antics her late husband, Richard, and the late Tom Wiegel have the potential to consign both to the balcony of history occupied by Muppet elders Waldorf and Statler. One wonders, for instance, what words passed between them the day Mr. Wiegel answered Mr. Dellapina’s call for...
Commentary: In 1887, the grim harvest of the Reaper King
 Writer’s Note: An invitation from Kevin Rose of the Turner Foundation to participate in a recent Pecha Kucha event with the theme of time travel took me back to two fascinating weeks in Springfield history. Finding new details that involved my dual interests in history and journalism, I decided to share what I found in today’s...

3:00 PM Sunday, Nov. 04, 2018

Writer’s Note: An invitation from Kevin Rose of the Turner Foundation to participate in a recent Pecha Kucha event with the theme of time travel took me back to two fascinating weeks in Springfield history. Finding new details that involved my dual interests in history and journalism, I decided to share what I found in today’s...