More About Me

Tom Cochran as a child in front of Himeji Castle

My Story

I grew up as a third-culture kid, the son of an American diplomat and a Swedish stewardess for Pan Am (they weren’t flight attendants back then). Born in Northern Virginia, I spent my early years attending a British Anglican school in Kobe, Japan. My elementary years were in Tokyo, closing out eight years of growing up in Japan. Instead of Scooby Doo, I identified with Doraemon. Rather than beach trips to Rehoboth, we went to Shirahama.

After a brief stop back in Virginia, we returned to Asia and I did my junior high school years in Bangkok, Thailand. High school for me was in New Hampshire and then off to college in Tennessee.

I landed in DC — actually, Northern Virginia at first — in the waning months of the Clinton administration. The first few years were bleak, living through 9/11, anthrax attacks, and the DC sniper. But, I love this place … so much so that I created a local history blog to tell the lost and untold story of Washington.

My wife, two beautiful daughters, and I make our home in Washington. And this is why the photo below is a beautiful image depicting an unfinished Washington Monument in 1877 … which I posted on my blog.

Five Truths and One Lie

Take a guess which one of these facts about me is a lie (or “fake news” in today’s parlance). I’d love to hear what you think when you email me or we meet up in person.

After graduating from high school, I spent the summer as a foreign exchange baseball coach in Scotland.

En route from Washington to London, my flight was diverted to Halifax, Canada due to engine trouble.

I was carjacked in the parking lot of a Phish show in Austin, Texas.

By the time I turned 23, I had visited 49 of the 50 United States, except for Alaska.

I was the spelling bee champion of my second-grade class, misspelling only one word the entire year.

ESPN used a clip of me in a superman outfit as an intro to one of their episodes.

I look forward to hearing which you think is “fake news”! If you can’t wait until we meet up, just shoot me an email and share your opinion.

Washington Monument in 1877