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Gene L. Thompson (Tiger)

Died: July 2, 2017

When I was at Yale I wanted to be a Renaissance man and do everything. I wanted to write books, ride horses, make movies, be on television, party, and have the prettiest girl. Of being at Yale in the 1960s I remember going to classes all week, writing papers, playing basketball, swimming, playing ping-pong at 3:00 a.m. with my Pierson College neighbor, Gene Siskel, playing chess with David Mills, and blowing off steam drinking, dancing, and partying on the weekends.

Not much has changed for me since leaving Yale. It’s Sunday morning. I’m hung over from the Saturday night dance party. Julie is gliding around the house wearing her green and red peacock ball gown and a peacock feather mask singing “What A Difference A Day Makes”. There’s a giant turkey in the oven. Life is good. You can see Julie and me hosting Sweet Dreams, our televised nightclub show on the Global Television Network website: www.gtvnn.net.

In 2014, I wrote three books, the To Live Forever trilogy, that covers how I feel about Yale, the Vietnam War, rock ‘n roll laced into my adventures living 16 years in Hawaii, reporting television news for ABC-Hawaii, and publishing Sportscene Hawaii magazine.

The To Live Forever trilogy (available on Amazon.com) was inspired by Yale Professor Chris Argyris who introduced me to “The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy,” a powerful mental exercise. In Chris’s own words, “the mind is a ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ that acts out whatever it is programmed to do.” So, I took a chance and programmed myself to live forever by writing down the “secret” mental exercises I learned from some exceptionally long-lived Hawaiians. (Go to http://www.gtvnn.net/Services.html).

The publication of the To Live Forever books on Amazon.com led to reconnecting with a journalist-friend, former New York Times reporter Sharon Johnson. We are co-authors of a work-in-progress titled Common Sense in the 21st Century that identifies and corrects an inherent flaw in capitalism. The book was inspired by Thomas Paine’s 1776 revolutionary war pamphlet Common Sense and Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the 21st Century.

My other life is music, and that is what Julie and I do best. We both have a lot of dance training, vocal coaching, and we sing and record CDs under our stage names Bebe Dupont and Polo Chanel. As Polo I sing a mixture of 50s and 60s pop songs and have a CD of cowboy songs, including “Ghost Riders in the Sky” and Johnny Cash originals — as Bebe Julie sings melt-in-your-mouth songs by Yale man Cole Porter, and dances ballet and ballroom. Both are available on CD Baby.com.

The turkey is done, and I have said enough. See you all next June, ’66,

Gene (Polo) Thompson