Happy Birthday Master
November 23 1935. Thomas Ivy Neyman was a premie, prematurely born and in those days, believe me, things didn’t work out as well as often as they do today. No incubators. You were snuggled up to mom and if you made it…well, you went home to start your new life. Little Tommy didn’t remember his dad because Thomas Neyman Sr. died in a plane crash when Tommy was only 18 months old. Thomas Sr. was an airline pilot for Pan Am and one of the first international airline pilots ever. His plane crashed into a mountain in
Mexico in 1937. His mother never remarried. She was an independent woman, especially in
those days. She was one of the first
airline stewardesses for Pan Am and went on to a number of jobs including
becoming the first female crane operator on the docks at . Thomas Ivy Neyman grew up as an only child
but often lived with cousins and his grandparents in Galveston, Texas Florida,
Oklahoma and . Brownsville, Texas
He grew up, went to TCU in
. Met and married my mother and they had
me. We moved to Fort Worth, Texas El Paso
in 1963 where my dad became Executive Director of the South El Paso Boy’s Club working
with the youth on the El Paso side of the Rio Grande river separating the US
from Mexico. My mother became a school teacher and we
lived in a 100 year old adobe house.
Tom then became involved with the Festival Theater where he performed in
and did set design for many quality plays.
That’s where he met Hal Warren, Producer and Director of Manos and John
Reynolds, the legendary Torgo. Little
could any of them have imagined what their 1966 future would hold.
So, Happy Birthday dad and hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving yesterday.
More Manos revelations coming next week. Stay tuned!