92/365 I knew Tom by sight and by name from my dad's retirement community, but I'd never had a conversation with him until this bus ride, so I'm counting him as a stranger.
Tom grew up in New York, the son of two Italian immigrants. He told me the story of how his parents met and courted, a thrilling tale of seven years of transatlantic love. Tom went to CUNY for college. One day, as he and his high school buddies were filling out the enrollment forms for college, they were stumped by the question on the form about what they were going to major in. One of his friends said, "Hey, how about engineering?" They all nodded and put it down for their future major -- and that was how all three became engineers.
Tom enjoys opera and other forms of classical music, and tries to get to as many concerts as he can. When he was younger, he was a serious amateur photographer, and even developed color photos in his basement darkroom.
Tom is yet another fascinating senior from my dad's community. I'm so glad I had the chance to talk to him on the bus, and he won't be a stranger to me the next time I visit my father. Tom is #39 in my 100 Strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at www.100strangers.com.