Tom Robinson 
Member since Jun 10, 2012

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Re: “Tim and Daphne Reid Set Up Creative Space in Manchester

This is great news, both for Richmond and Manchester. Tim & Daphne are a wonderful couple, completely dedicated to the arts and our youthful aspirants. Having this exciting new facility so close to the existing arts complex on 21st St. should encourage other artists and arts organizations to consider this growing area in their future plans. Art builds neighborhoods. Thanks Tim & Daphne for your foresight and support for the arts.

20 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Tom Robinson on 03/09/2016 at 8:19 AM

Re: “City Reveals Maggie Walker Statue Plans

Removing the beautiful granite fountain from Adams and Brook was just another historical blunder committed by well-intentioned, but idiotic bureaucratic city officials. The city chose, for no apparent reason, to destroy an important piece of historical art that served as a convenient water source for humans, horses, dogs and cats, etc. After an equally nonsensical decision was made, the beautiful fountain was replaced by the current tree (a sapling at the time) surrounded by park benches for winos to reside. In short order, the triangle became a campground, further bringing the area downhill both socially and economically. After only a few months the benches were vandalized to the point that they had to be removed. We are constantly reminded that these "decision-makers" are paid to make bad decisions....and they breed. Be very afraid

8 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Tom Robinson on 02/24/2016 at 10:37 AM

Re: “City Reveals Maggie Walker Statue Plans

I, like most well-informed Richmonders of all races, creeds and cultures, have great respect for Maggie Walker and her wonderful accomplishments. Long before she grew into a more meaningful adult, and became concerned about how her adolescent indiscretions could ultimately affect her future reputation, she, like many of us, engaged in activities that we would not like to have displayed on Facebook, or a history book. According to many old-timers in the Jackson Ward neighborhood, in her younger years, Ms. Walker was known by many as "Back Alley Maggie", a name that was gained from her clandestine walks through the neighborhood alleys to the intersection of Adams and Brook where she engaged in a long-time affair with a certain merchant whose store overlooked the very spot where her statue is now proposed. Maggie Walker richly deserves a place of honor in our city. I fear, however, that the Adams and Brook location could, in the future, become a mixture of tragedy, comedy and/or bureaucratic ineptitude. She deserves better.

3 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Tom Robinson on 02/23/2016 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Gwar Frontman Dave Brockie Has Died

As a former landlord and interplanatary associate, the passing of Oderus Urungus leaves a void that far outweighs his musical, and "otherworldly" stage talent. The absence of his alter-ego, Dave Brockie, also leaves a gaping hole in the hearts of all his friends and fans. Tom

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Tom Robinson on 03/24/2014 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Gratitude Owed to Departing Founder

As someone who was also forced from the board of a national historic museum that he founded and ran successfully for more than 25 years, I feel Jay's pain. Without the love, drive and intense interest in a project that brought about its creation in the first place, many formerly successful museums have floundered and failed shortly after the exit of their originators (as did mine).
Jay should be given a ticker tape parade for his dedication to history and education, not a rudely-conceived expulsion. On behalf of all lovers of history, our collective hats are off to you Jay. Godspeed

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Tom Robinson on 06/10/2012 at 10:55 AM

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