Tom Van Dyke

Tom Van Dyke, businessman, musician, bon vivant and game-show champ (The Joker's Wild, and Win Ben Stein's Money), knows lots of stuff, although not quite everything yet. A past contributor to The American Spectator Online, the late great Reform Club blog, and currently on religion and the American Founding at American Creation, TVD continues to write on matters of both great and small importance from his ranch type style tract house high on a hill above Los Angeles.


  1. The sad thing is, depending on how humorless or petty the recipient of this letter might be, the letter writer might be burning a bridge. [disclosure: I know none of the actors involved, so I’m not saying anyone is humorless or petty. I’m just saying that a lot of people in academia and elsewhere are humorless and petty.]

  2. Clever.
    You have to find a way to stand. This is a lot better (safer) than some of the desperate attempts to be memoriable on American Idol.

  3. A story from the restaurant. The Sous Chef wanted to go back to Mexico for his two week vacation. The Head Chef said that, no, the timing was wrong, go on vacation later. The Sous Chef went to Mexico. The Head Chef screamed for two weeks that the Sous Chef was fired.

    Two weeks later, the Sous Chef came back, put on his apron, got back to work. The Head Chef refused to acknowledge his presence. The Sous Chef ignored the Head Chef. They didn’t talk to each other for a week except through intermediaries. “Jay, tell so-and-so that we will be starting the beef stew stock after lunch rush.”

    It took a month to get back to normal.

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