Tom Newe – Cleveland Cavaliers Legend
He quickly earned the affection of Cleveland residents as his positive personality made him one of its favorite players. Prioritizing family over football, and caring deeply about his city that welcomed him as one of its own from day one.
Newe’s letter provides an intriguing contrast to Horne’s promotion of Carolina, which promised its newcomers plentiful crops and prosperity.
Early Life and Education
Thomas attended segregated Roman Catholic schools of Savannah, where other Black students often made fun of his dark skin tone and Geechee (Gullah) heritage. Yet, despite having come from poor background he achieved outstanding grades and gained respect of both teachers and classmates alike.
Thomas was a top student at Holy Cross, majoring in English literature and serving as head of its Black Student Union. Ultimately he graduated with top grades.
After law school, he worked in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office under Republican John Danforth in Jefferson City. It was during this period that he became more aligned with conservative political thought – particularly natural law theory which dictates rights and justice that come from nature rather than social customs or institutions – which greatly influenced his subsequent decisions.
Denton Cooley noted how Thomas made surgery seem effortless and effortless; there was “no false move, no wasted motion.”
Thomas didn’t resemble your typical NFL linebacker when entering the 1996 draft, yet still managed to make the Dolphins and become a 13-season starter – winning Pro Bowl recognition every season along the way.
As New York State Comptroller, Tom diligently pursues waste and fraud in government. His early warning system to identify local governments experiencing fiscal difficulty earned widespread praise; so too were transparency initiatives like Open Book New York that were implemented with his initiative.
Achievement and Honors
Thomas has received various honors and awards for his work. These include Oscar and Grammy nominations as well as BMI’s Richard Kirk Award.
He served as chair of the Rockefeller Foundation-funded Study Commission on United States Policy toward South Africa, and serves on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards such as Avaya, CBS Inc., and Cummins Engine Company.
Thomas has recorded and performed with numerous jazz ensembles such as the PRISM Quartet, Resounding Winds and Michigan Quartet (led by Donald Sinta). Additionally, Thomas released Luciano Berio’s Sequenza IXb on Mode Records for recording purposes. A lifelong student of St Thomas Academy, Thomas was honored as Monsignor James Lavin Alumnus of the Year 2021.
Thomas was frequently at the center of public attention regarding his private life. His close relationship with Harlan Crow, an influential real estate developer and Republican Party donor who gave Thomas gifts, generated inquiries into what those presents were worth to Thomas. Furthermore, Thomas was often criticized for associating himself with groups affiliated with Marxist “Old Guard” of Socialist Party as well as for opposing U.S. involvement in World War II despite their promises that peace was possible within its borders.
In his memoirs, he recounted a difficult childhood and time at St. John Vianney Minor Seminary as one of only two Black students. Notebooks kept during these years formed the basis for Eighteen Poems which garnered mixed reviews but was successful due to Maxwell Perkins’ efforts as publisher.
Tom advises high-net-worth individuals and business owners on the income tax, corporate, and compliance aspects of complex business transactions. His areas of specialty include family office management companies, private investment funds, and complex incentive equity programs.
Thomas has consistently displayed entrepreneurial flair throughout his life – running nightclubs to creating his coffee brand and amassing an estimated net worth of approximately $3.5 Million by 2023.
Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg also hosts the hit dating show Ready to Love, produced by record-setting Hollywood producer Will Packer and featuring successful Black men and women aged 30-39 looking for love – earning him millions in salary and bonuses; portions of these earnings go towards charitable causes.