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That’s the title of the blog I’ll be writing for my friend Scott Litman. I’ll be covering the L.A. scene—its celebrities, its sports, its architecture, its theater and movies and books, its landmarks and museums, its history, its politics, its climate and weather, its cops and crime, its craziness and its undeniable importance. (With an occasional curve ball from out of nowhere just for a laugh or to prove a point.)
Scott is a pretty demanding guy but he’s also got a wicked sense of humor, which you’d expect from someone who used to be an agent for Jerry Seinfeld. So I’ll do my best not to be boring. Or dull. And maybe give you a genuine chuckle or two on those days when the smog hangs heavy and we both want to start a conversation.
So who am I? My name is William Thompson Ong but everyone calls me Tom. Grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland. I’m currently a novelist and screenplay writer but started life in New York City as one of the Mad Men of Madison Avenue. Then on to my own ad agency in Philadelphia where I marveled at the columns Steve Lopez was busy writing (yes, that Steve Lopez) for the Philadelphia Inquirer. I can still play back almost word-for-word the first column he wrote there.
So I’ve got the Midwest in me plus the East Coast but I’m not one of those phony New York lovers and secret L.A. haters. In this rapidly changing world the 16 years under my belt as a Los Angelean qualifies me to speak from the heart but with a tone of freshness.
Meanwhile, click below and see if any of my thrillers or historical novels appeals to you. My latest, The Lion and the Eagle, is also an award-winning screenplay. Win one or two more contests and I may be entertaining you with blogs written from a movie set.
For the novels of William Thompson Ong, click here: ow.ly/EGgKy