Saturday, September 19, 2009

oops

I missed my haircut in August. Looks like this year's fro will arrive early. You may want to set aside a couple extra bucks right now.

Mr. Kotter.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Almost a million

In just seven years the Cleveland St Baldricks shavees have raised almost $1 million to conquer kids' cancer. At the moment they need only $161 to reach the threshold.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Update

$5,106 raised for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. And counting.

Monday, March 23, 2009

A Grand Finale

Thanks to everyone who made this year's campaign for the St. Baldrick's Foundation a great success. With your support, over $4,526 was raised; soaring past my goal of $3,000. If you haven't donated yet, there is still time to join the party--and conquer kids' cancer. To celebrate I have produced another short video (3 min). All I can say is, "watch from the beginning until the
end, even if 'you know how it ends.'"


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Shave Day

All photos taken March 17, 2009. More photos on FLICKR


Sideshow Bob, Dr. Weil, and a little chin music.






Mutton chop.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

My first kiss

video

My first kiss...in a very long time.

Saturday, March 14, 2009


A photo from 1982. My first fro.

Haircuts Ten Dollars! Shaves Extra.

I need your support. In less than three days, I'm shaving my head for the St Baldrick's Foundation. Help Conquer Kids' Cancer by making a donation.
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NEW VIDEO! "The Interview"
Starring Sharon. Featuring co-workers and friends.


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YOU'RE INVITED
A. J. Rocco's
816 Huron Road
Cleveland, OH 44115

MARCH 17
Festivities begin at 5:00. I will register at 5:15, my headshaving will occur sometime after that. Stop by afterwork for a pint and celebrate! I'll be wearing white so you'll able to find me in the crowd.
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DONATIONS
Donate online
Donate by check (PDF)

HONOR ROLL
See who's donated on my head

Friday, March 6, 2009

FRO on tour

Fro is hitting the campaign trail. Here is a list of upcoming events.

West Geauga Kiwanis Pancake breakfast
March 8, 9 am

Town Hall of Cleveland--David Pogue
March 9, 6 pm

Cleveland Institute of Art--Indesign Users Group
March 10, 6 pm

West Side Market
March 11, 1 pm

Civil War Roundtable (they all think I look like a re-enactor)
March 11, 6 pm


Cleveland Museum of Art--Museum
March 16, 9 am

Ideastream
March 16, 12 pm

Cleveland Museum of Art--Downtown
March 17, 9 am


AJ Rocco's
March 17, 5 pm

BALD on tour

AJ Rocco's
March 17, 7 pm

Cleveland Museum of Art--Museum
March 18, 9 am


West Side Market
March 18, 1 pm


Busta Gallery--Light of Day opening
March 20, 6 pm

Cleveland Internationl Film Festival
(TBA)

St B's official form letter

Guess what, I’m shaving my head! What on earth for? I’m going under the clippers at a St. Baldrick's event to raise money for childhood cancer research.

If you can, please come to AJ Rocco's on March 17 at 5:00 to watch and cheer me on. Whether or not you can be there, I hope you’ll support me – both in spirit and with a donation. All my donors’ names (unless anonymous) will appear on my page of the St. Baldrick’s website!

More than 160,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer each year. Despite tremendous progress, cancer remains the #1 disease killer of children in North America. I’m out to help change that! Since St. Baldrick’s began in 2000, shavees like me have raised more than $50 million, and this has grown into the world’s largest fundraising event for childhood cancer.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation made $15 million in grants last year, to some of the top pediatric cancer researchers working today, and also to 30 young doctors who will be the research experts of tomorrow.

Children fighting cancer lose not only their hair but years of their childhood, and sometimes their lives. Compared to their struggle, shaving my head is a small sacrifice, and the money raised will make such a difference for them.

So, please help me raise as much as I can – both to justify this crazy decision, and to fund as much research as possible! No amount is too big or too small – every gift matters so much. Please help me reach my goal of $3,000 by March 17.

To give online, go to www.StBaldricks.org, click on “Donate” and search for my name as the participant to support. Or you can donate by phone at (888) 899-BALD, or write a check to “St. Baldrick’s Foundation.”

If you want to volunteer or get more involved, please let me know. We’re going to have some serious fun, Shaving the Way to Conquer Kids’ Cancer!

Sincerely,

Tom

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Trailer : FRO III

Posted a trailer for FRO III on youtube. Don't forget to donate.


Buttons 2009

Donors I see in person will get a Fro III or Fro Magnon button. Facebook friends will be sent "Flair." This year's buttons appear in the photo below. Special thanks to B's Music.


I also have FRO III promo cards (say it like Rocky IV, "Fro Three"). Promotional cards are available to anybody who asks. Hold them up to the light, looking at the bald side and you can see a "before and after."
front

back

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Journal of Paleoanfropology Research

A Preliminary Report on the Discovery and Classification of

Fro Magnon Man

ABSTRACT

For the first time since the collecting of fossil records, I have created the unknown link1 between Early Man2, 3 and the Disco Age:4 Fro Magnon Man. With prominent chin and sharply rising forehead, he is the closest-known relative to modern man5 (Plate I).

My colleagues6 insist that Fro Magnon Man not turn into a sideshow act.7 Rather, they have proposed shaving his entire head to allow him to roam8 freely unnoticed in our society, thereby easing his assimilation and preventing a panic among the citizenry.9



As the reader can see from the documentation (Plates I and II), such an undertaking will require a significant effort. To add value, I’ve determined that raising money for research would make the best use of the headshaving. In January, I registered with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.10 Past donors may recall the mission of the foundation: "Shaving the way to conquer kid’s cancer." Contributions go toward finding the cure for pediatric cancer through research11 and fellowships.12

Thanks to your gift, and those of a hundred Friends of Fro,13 last year’s shaving raised $4,00014 for St. Baldrick’s. In Cleveland, headshavings raised over $184,000,15 and nationwide, the campaign surpassed $17.3 million.16

Can I count on your renewed support for this year’s campaign?

Donations are accepted online17 at www.stbaldricks.org. Search for participant Thomas Barnard.18, 19, 20 You may also use the enclosed form and send in a check (paid to St. Baldrick’s Foundation).

Thank you!21



NOTES

1. Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITB8DitqCsE
2. For Evolution, see Leakey, Richard. The Origin of Humankind. Science Masters Series. New York, NY: Basic Books, 1994. pp. 87-89.
3. Against Evolution, see http://www.squidoo.com/evolution-problems

4. The Disco History page. http://www.disco-disco.com/disco/history.shtml

5. Carlin on "Modern Man." http://www.metacafe.com/watch/193273/carlin_modern_man/

6. The Bald Guys. http://www.youtube.com/tbarnardiii

7. Sideshow history. http://www.showhistory.com/

8. "Home on the Range" (2007), B-Rank Strangers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gbjfvsl9VE

9. "Don’t panic! How ants can teach humans to cope during mass evacuations." The Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-472531/Dont-panic-How-ants-teach-humans-cope-mass-evacuations.html

10. St. Baldrick’s homepage. http://www.stbaldricks.org/

11. St. Baldrick’s research grants. http://www.stbaldricks.org/about_us/grants.php#

12. St. Baldrick’s "Meet the Fellows." http://www.stbaldricks.org/about_us/fellowships.php#

13. Listing on 2008 honor roll. http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/shavee_info.php?ParticipantKey=2008-21985&ViewDetails=donors#

14. St. B’s participant Thomas Barnard. http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/shavee_info.php?ParticipantKey=2008-21985#

15. St. B’s event, Cleveland, Ohio, AJ Rocco’s. http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/event_info.php?EventKey=2008-104#

16. St. B’s "2008 Progress Chart." http://www.stbaldricks.org/index.php#

17. St. B’s online donations. http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/shavee_info.php?ParticipantKey=2009-57031#

18. Barnard, et al. http://www.billputman.com/Barnard.pdf

19. Nope, that’s my dad. http://www.ogletreedeakins.com/attorneys/index.cfm?Fuseaction=AttorneyDetail&AttorneyID=502

20. Bingo! http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/shavee_info.php?ParticipantKey=2009-57031#

21. "That’s the Way I Like It" (1974), KC & The Sunshine Band. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWf1MdHv80Q

Monday, February 2, 2009

Groundhogs Day, Campaign Kickoff

According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. And, as you probably heard, it was a bright and sunny day in Punxsutawney (and in Cleveland). Every year, I use those six weeks as a countdown for the biggest haircut of the year. As you may have already learned, in six more weeks I’m shaving my head bald.

YES, I’m going bald! Again! If you ask any of my co-workers they are likely to respond, "Thank god, when?"

On March 17th, I’m shaving my head for St. Baldrick’s. But not just any head, I’m shaving “the FRO.” I've raised over $10,000 in just two years for St. Baldrick’s. Last year, in Cleveland, we raised over $184,000 and nationwide the campaign surpassed $17.3 million. Past donors may recall the mission of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, “Shaving the way to conquer kids’ cancer.” Contributions go toward finding the cure for pediatric cancer through research and fellowships.

I’m raising awareness and asking for donations with many of the same antics as last year: buttons, flyers, and zany videos. So join the fun. I’ll be churning out slogans, propaganda, and letters—like this one—asking for a campaign donation. Last year a lot of friends contributed $10, $20, $50, and even $100 so that I would shave my head for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. I hope I can count on your support.

Donate today

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Donate today | Fro III campaign

I shave my head on March 17 to benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

  • I am shaving my head to conquer kids' cancer.

  • I am shaving my head in honor of Alex, a cancer survivor with downs syndrome.

  • I am shaving my head to celebrate Michael's six years cancer free.

  • I am shaving my head to show my support for the parents of ALL children with cancer.

  • I am shaving my head to honor all the doctors, nurses, and careworkers who help the children everyday.

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Last year's headshaving

Photos, videos, and more will post on February 14.

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