About Tom Benjey

Tom has been researching and writing about topics related to the Carlisle Indian School football program for over a decade but doesn’t remember exactly when he started. This blog will be four years old soon. His first book, published in 2006, was Keep A-goin': the life of Lone Star Dietz. That was followed in 2008 by Doctors, Lawyers, Indian Chiefs, the biographies of 50 Carlisle stars. Those books were followed by state-specific titles that allowed the inclusion of more players. Oklahoma’s Carlisle Indian School Immortals (2009) and Wisconsin’s Carlisle Indian School Immortals (2010) are the first two volumes of the Native American Sports Heroes Series.  In addition to writing books about Carlisle Indian School football players, he is an occasional contributor to Coffin Corner, journal of the Professional Football Researchers Association, and the journal of the College Football Historical Society. His “Birth of Modern Football” won the PFRA’s 2006 Writing Awards First Place for an Original Article Written for the Coffin Corner and Focusing on Pre-1960 Pro Football.

Dr. Benjey’s current project is a biography of the Craighead Naturalists. That work was interrupted in 2011 for medical reasons but is now restarted. The interruption spawned Prostate Cancer and the Veteran, an introductory guide to the disease, treatment options, and dealing with the Veterans Administration.

More information about his books can be found at www.Tuxedo-Press.com. Information about Lone Star Dietz is at www.LoneStarDietz.com. Trailers for all Benjey’s books can be viewed at www.YouTube.com/TomBenjey. He can be reached at Tom@Tuxedo-Press.com.

7 Responses to “About Tom Benjey”

  1. Cindy Says:

    My husband just inherited a pocket watch which is engraved with the name Stancil Powell 1910 Carlisle Indian School. We are interested in finding out more about it and hoped you could make a recommendation.

    • tombenjey Says:

      Thank you for posting this. I checked with a couple of collectors and they have never seen anything like this. Pop Warner once said that Carlisle football players were given trinkets after the season. This watch may have been such a “trinket.” Or, merchants or other supporters sometimes gave athletes awards for good performances. The latter was particularly true for winning track and field events in big meets. I’m sure Possum Powell’s descendants or any one of several museums would love to have it.

  2. Cindy Says:

    Thanks for the info. This is all very surprising to us. We really don’t know where to go from here. I guess, eventually, we could contact a museum. We are still dealing with my in-laws estate and have been busy.

  3. Ryan Broker Says:

    My great grandfather was Frederick Broker. My grandfather Charles told me stories about His Dad, but this was later in His Life and his memory was failing him. I was wondering if you had any more Information about My Great grandfather and uncle. I have serveral old pictures that you maybe interested in also. Thankyou for writing this book and any more information would be greatly appreciated.

    • tombenjey Says:

      Thank you for writing, Ryan. I wasn’t able to find much about your grandfather or his brother, so would appreciate hearing more about them. Photos would be especially nice. I am planning on writing a book about Carlisle Indians in the NFL and, if memory serves, your grandfather played for the Oorang Indians. That will be an opportunity to expand his chapter.

      Tom

  4. Art Siegel Says:

    I don’t know if you have seen the Library of Congress’ photos being posted on Flickr, but many of them (all public domain now, I believe) are of Carlisle football players or games:

    http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=8623220@N02&q=carlisle%20football

    • tombenjey Says:

      Thanks for posting this, Art. I have looked at photos on the LoC site before but don’t recall seeing some of these before, particularly those of Wofford and Welmas.

      Tom

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