Hi my name is Tom Barnes and I'm an actor, writer and hurricane hunter.
I was born in Ft. Myers, Florida, and brought up in central Georgia where I got hooked on Civil War stories. I dutifully wrote those stories into my war journal and got my first taste for writing.
The Goring Collection
My attention was drawn to the subject during a 60 Minute segment on CBS Like most I had
heard stories of stolen art by the Nazi's but little more. In any event my interest was enough to send me to the library. I picked up two books on the holocaust and before I had finished one I was hooked on the subject. After some thought I settled on my main character's name, Jacob Myers or was it Meyers? I called a pal of mine in New York and asked what's the spelling of the German name Myers. He said, 'Meyers same as mine.' Thanks Marty. Then it's Jacob Meyers.
I heard the Legend of Ebo Landing while shooting a segment of Georgia's Heritage in Savannah. The story got my attention and I went to the source, St Simons Island, Georgia to find more details.The question was why? The answer came to me within the pages of 'Tungee's Gold.
Following my hitch in the Navy I returned to school, studied English literature at Middle Georgia College and drama at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. I did dozens of plays ranging from Our Town and Uncle Vanya to My Three Angels and The Tender Trap. Then I moved to New York for Off Broadway, summer stock and worked with Bert Lahr in Harvey, Vera Miles in The Country Girl and June Lockhart in Forty Carats, Sweet Bird of Youth and Edie Adams. Film The Greatest Gift with Glen Ford and Julie Harris, Good Bye Charlie with Debbie Reynolds, Tony Curtis, and Walter Matthau also Walter Matthau in Tallahassee 7000. Soaps The Edge of Night, all my Children and General Hospital. PBS hired me to do the TV Series, "Georgia's Heritage" - as writer and host, narrator. During our last segment of Heritage I had my first brush with the legendary Doc Holliday.
At age 17 I joined the Navy, earned my Aircrew Wings and spent a season with the Hurricane Hunters.