The intrepid boy inventor Tom Swift celebrates his one hundredth birthday and remarkably does not look a day over eighteen years of age. To mark the occasion of this ageless boy wonders birth a major convention will be held in San Diego July 16th till 18th.
Tom Swift was the hero of five series of books and 105 volumes. In each case Tom was a young inventor who built marvelous machines to let him take bold adventures. The books inspired many people to pursue careers in science and technology.
Since 2010 is the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first five volumes in the first series, a convention will be held in San Diego to celebrate, July 16-18, 2010, at the Sheraton Mission Valley.
For details on the convention and other special events, see the convention web site and for licensed convention merchandise see the Cafe Press store.
Associated with the convention a series of Tom Swift radio dramatizations are also being produced.
On Friday July 16 at 4 pm at the UCSD Geisel Library will be a presentation of “Tom Swift and the Visitor from Planet X” (1961), one of the 33 Tom Swift Jr. volumes (1954-1971) which were read by millions of Baby Boom and later generation readers. Convention goers can register to participate in a museum and library tour that concludes with this performance and a visit to the Tom Swift Centennial exhibit at UCSD.
On Saturday July 17 at 7:30 pm, after the day’s sessions and convention diner will be performed this show, “Tom Swift and His Airship” (1910).
For me personally the centennial of the publication of the Tom Swift series has special significance. My very first article on Discovery Enterprise “Tom Swift Still Lives” concerned the reincarnation of Tom Swift in a series of pastiches entitled “Tom Swift Lives” by Scott Dickerson based on the original Tom Swift Junior series of the 1950s and 1960s and updated for a modern day audience.
I feel a special debt of gratitude to Scott for inspiring me to set my fingers onto the keyboard and hammering out my very first article for the illustrious pages of our blog site. So let me take this opportunity to personally thank Mr. Scott Dickerson and our mutual friend Tom Swift. Take the opportunity to read Scott’s latest Tom Swift adventure “TOM SWIFT and the Seafloor Space Pyramids“.
So on behalf of all of us at Discovery Enterprise – Happy One Hundredth Birthday Tom and may you have many more to come.
100th Anniversary Tom Swift Convention
Tom Swift and His Airship radio show preview
Tom Swift and the Visitor From Planet X radio show preview