Welcome! My journalism career and curiosity about the world started while working as a copy boy for the Wall Street Journal. I’ve logged over a million miles in my travels across the globe, from Morocco to China, up to the Arctic Circle and across Southern Africa.
But, those who know me know that I would much rather be looking at the world than having the world look at me. Regardless, I thank you for being here. I hope you enjoy your visit.
Most of the posts featured here are expanded versions of my regular NPR Digital Media Podcast shows from the Lowell Thomas Award-winning show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, featured on iTunes,NPR One, the NPR Podcast Directory, and more than 15 other podcast sites around the world. Enjoy!
Recent Adventures and Musings
Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary opened in 1934 and when it closed its cell doors for the last time in 1963 more than fifteen hundred prisoners had served time on the Rock. Throughout the prison’s 29-year... READ MORE
Retired Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary guard, George DeVincenzi served on “The Rock” from 1950 to 1958, departing just five years before the infamous island prison closed forever in 1963. Correspondent, Tom Wilmer met DeVincenzi at... READ MORE
Robert Luke, assigned prisoner number 1118AZ, arrived at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on April 14th 1954 and was paroled on April 29th 1959. It was the smell of fresh mown grass wafting across the... READ MORE
In the heart of Honolulu Harbor, directly across from the container port, there’s a large, utilitarian, metal building adjacent to the docks at Pier 38 where the long line Tuna boats tie up. It’s... READ MORE
79 year-old Paul Draper, CEO and winemaker at Ridge Vineyards in the hills above Santa Clara Valley, California, is one of America’s most legendary wine producers. Known as the savior of Zinfandel, Draper... READ MORE
It was Duke Kahanamoku more than anyone else who put Waikiki and the legendary Beach Boys on the map as Hawaii and Waikiki’s ambassador to the world. It all started with his stellar... READ MORE
Alan Day and his sister, Sandra, grew up on the Lazy B ranch in the remote outback of southern Arizona. They both worked side by side with the ranch-hands running cattle and managing... READ MORE
Japantown in the heart of downtown San Jose has been a vital part of Santa Clara Valley’s history since the 1890s. The first wave of Japanese immigrants (Issie), were attracted to the area... READ MORE