Town of Otsego Co-Historian and newspaper history columnist Tom Heitz will appear at CANO on Thursday, August 16, for readings, singing, and the entertaining story of George Hull’s Cardiff Giant, the infamous paleontological hoax of 1869. Tom was once lead interpreter for the Cardiff Giant which has remained a featured exhibit at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown since it arrived there in 1947. The Cardiff Giant’s incredible story will be told partly in song sung to the familiar hymn tune “Rock of Ages.” A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Tom is a graduate of the U. of Kansas (B.A. Humanities, 1962), the U. of Missouri at Kansas City (J.D. 1965), the U. of Washington School of Librarianship (M.L. Libr. 1971) and SUNY Oneonta’s Cooperstown Graduate Program (Non-degree-museum studies). A Vietnam-era veteran, Tom served as a JAG Officer and Reserve Company Commander in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 to 1976. Tom is a Life Member of the NAACP, having joined as a teenager in 1961 in Kansas City where he participated in sit-in demonstrations to open Kansas City restaurants. He is currently a member of the Oneonta Branch of the NAACP. As a lawyer in the early 1990s Tom was a founding director of the Transgender Law Conference, and served as lead drafter of the International Bill of Gender Rights (IGBR) Tom is a longtime member of the curriculum committee and faculty of the Center for Continuing Adult Learning (CCAL) and regularly lectures on local history, civil rights and gender subjects. Most Saturdays, Tom can be found at the Greater Oneonta Historical Society at the corner of Main and Dietz Streets where he has worked since 2007 as Shop Manager.
Writers Salon takes place the 3rd Thursday each month. Readings begin promptly at 7:30 pm (please arrive by 7:15). Beginning with open mic, guests are encouraged to read personal works in this casual & welcoming environment (open mic is limited to 5 minutes per reader). Afterwards, enjoy a reading and presentation by a featured published author. Free & Open to the public. Donations greatly appreciated. Refreshments Served.