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Tom Purcell

Tom Purcell, author of “Misadventures of a 1970’s Childhood” and “Wicked Is the Whiskey,” is a humor columnist and is nationally syndicated. Send comments to Tom at

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Have I benefited from nepotism and cronyism? Sure. But at least I feel guilty about it.

By Tom Purcell January 14, 2020
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I indulge more deeply in Christmas nostalgia with every passing year, but it turns out that doing so is a good thing.

By Tom Purcell December 17, 2019
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What’s the best gift you ever received? Whatever it was, it surely wasn’t a material item bought in a store.

By Tom Purcell December 4, 2019
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I don’t blame millennials and Gen Z for mocking baby boomers with the trending “OK boomer” meme. I’ve had my issues with baby boomers, too.

By Tom Purcell December 3, 2019
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America could use a good food fight this Thanksgiving. Every day in our country, factions grow and battle lines harden. Americans are spending more time with like-minded people, their “tribes,” and less with people holding differing viewpoints, those “Neanderthals hell-bent on destroying the country.”

By Tom Purcell November 19, 2019
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Everything is offensive now — even Halloween.

By Tom Purcell October 30, 2019
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I’m on the fence about this, if you want the truth. You see, more school districts are banning childhood games that were staples when I was growing up in the 1970s.

By Tom Purcell October 22, 2019
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Autumn has arrived. I can’t think of a better time to put priorities back in order.

By Tom Purcell October 2, 2019
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Tom Hanks is right: We should be allowed to start off our days feeling good. Hanks stars as Fred “Mister” Rogers in the movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” opening Nov. 22.

By Tom Purcell September 23, 2019
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When my retired professor friend told me about it, my alarm bells went off.

By Tom Purcell September 10, 2019

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