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

What do you get a guy turning 64? This one got something very usual and something VERY unusual
 At the end of a long phone conversation last Sunday, our son reminded me to check my email, and I found there the birthday present he usually sends in a link to a $50 gift card for a music store. It’s something I always use and that will always remind me of our common love of music. It reminds me to remind him that I hope his work someday...

Posted: 8 days ago

At the end of a long phone conversation last Sunday, our son reminded me to check my email, and I found there the birthday present he usually sends in a link to a $50 gift card for a music store. It’s something I always use and that will always remind me of our common love of music. It reminds me to remind him that I hope his work someday...
Hidden Clark County history: When a group of citizens protected an escaped slave from armed federal marshals
 By the time “The Rescue Case of 1857” was published in the January 1907 edition of the Journal of the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Society, the author was the well-known Dr. Benjamin F. Prince, revered 66-year-old professor of history and political science at Wittenberg College and long-respected board member of the society...

Posted: 16 days ago

By the time “The Rescue Case of 1857” was published in the January 1907 edition of the Journal of the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Society, the author was the well-known Dr. Benjamin F. Prince, revered 66-year-old professor of history and political science at Wittenberg College and long-respected board member of the society...
Stafford: This friend weighs the odds on everything
 My friend Doug Andrews is a statistician – a data science guy. That means he obsesses over numbers and has been doing it for 29 years with students at Wittenberg University. He does it to the extent that if we’re on a bike ride, he asks whether I’d rather take the route to the left or the one to the right on the way back...

Posted: 29 days ago

My friend Doug Andrews is a statistician – a data science guy. That means he obsesses over numbers and has been doing it for 29 years with students at Wittenberg University. He does it to the extent that if we’re on a bike ride, he asks whether I’d rather take the route to the left or the one to the right on the way back...
Juneteenth celebration approaches
 History begins at a different moment for each of us – the moment we realize we have been dropped onto its timeline. Springfield’s Gammon House will try to stretch our awareness of history’s reach when it celebrates Juneteenth from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at its 620 Piqua Place address. This marks the museum’s 12th...

2:00 PM Saturday, Jun. 09, 2018

History begins at a different moment for each of us – the moment we realize we have been dropped onto its timeline. Springfield’s Gammon House will try to stretch our awareness of history’s reach when it celebrates Juneteenth from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at its 620 Piqua Place address. This marks the museum’s 12th...
Tom Stafford: Springfield man to be honored for work with former inmates
 When Bobby Mims returned to prison in 2003, it was as a social worker, not an inmate. But having been incarcerated on a 10-year sentence for armed robbery in the 1960s, he said, “The slam of those doors shook me for about the first month.” MORE FROM TOM STAFFORD They have a racing team, a driver and a logo. It’s all fake...

12:00 AM Saturday, Jun. 02, 2018

When Bobby Mims returned to prison in 2003, it was as a social worker, not an inmate. But having been incarcerated on a 10-year sentence for armed robbery in the 1960s, he said, “The slam of those doors shook me for about the first month.” MORE FROM TOM STAFFORD They have a racing team, a driver and a logo. It’s all fake...
Tom Stafford: History continues to teach lessons
 Junius and Brutus are distinctive enough first and middle names to make theater and history geeks recall the British-born Junius Brutus Booth, one of the pre-eminent actors of the 19th century American stage. With a lengthy list of acting credits, his most infamous credit was bringing Abraham Lincoln’s assassin into the world and then...

11:00 AM Saturday, May. 26, 2018

Junius and Brutus are distinctive enough first and middle names to make theater and history geeks recall the British-born Junius Brutus Booth, one of the pre-eminent actors of the 19th century American stage. With a lengthy list of acting credits, his most infamous credit was bringing Abraham Lincoln’s assassin into the world and then...
Rabbi: Aging well, and loving long
 When he spoke last month in Springfield, Rabbi Richard Address cited half a dozen passages from Genesis and Deuteronomy in addressing how religious traditions can guide their adherents to more meaningful and healthy experiences of older age. But he also cited the spiritual teachings of Snoopy; gave those who correctly answered his questions...

2:00 PM Saturday, May. 19, 2018

When he spoke last month in Springfield, Rabbi Richard Address cited half a dozen passages from Genesis and Deuteronomy in addressing how religious traditions can guide their adherents to more meaningful and healthy experiences of older age. But he also cited the spiritual teachings of Snoopy; gave those who correctly answered his questions...
Springfield man’s bassoon mistaken for a weapon by 911 caller
 In April, 22-year-old Eric Barga arrived Covenant Presbyterian Church in Springfield waiting for a music practice to begin, but he was early. He took out his bassoon, sat on his car and started playing. Springfield police received a 911 call shortly after with concerns there was a man sitting on his car with a weapon. Police responded...

4:40 PM Saturday, May. 12, 2018

In April, 22-year-old Eric Barga arrived Covenant Presbyterian Church in Springfield waiting for a music practice to begin, but he was early. He took out his bassoon, sat on his car and started playing. Springfield police received a 911 call shortly after with concerns there was a man sitting on his car with a weapon. Police responded...
They have a racing team, a driver and a logo. It’s all fake (except the fun).
 The Minnesota city on the west edge of Lake Superior is now known for a clothier whose bewhiskered, manly advertisements radiate a bearlike comfort and warmth, if not scent. But in January of 1988, as Jim Ingledue, Ed Gyenes and their displeased wives migrated north through a snowstorm to the relocated offices of the Beckley Cardy Co., their...

12:00 AM Saturday, May. 12, 2018

The Minnesota city on the west edge of Lake Superior is now known for a clothier whose bewhiskered, manly advertisements radiate a bearlike comfort and warmth, if not scent. But in January of 1988, as Jim Ingledue, Ed Gyenes and their displeased wives migrated north through a snowstorm to the relocated offices of the Beckley Cardy Co., their...