Master of Factoids
When Thomas F. Swift was around, no one wanted to play Trivial Pursuit or any game that relied on factoids and cultural flotsam. That was because Mr. Swift, whose brothers called him "the book of useless information," knew a bit about all kinds of things, maybe because of those childhood years reading encyclopedias at night for fun.
Mr. Swift, who was 30, worked as an assistant vice president at Morgan Stanley in the World Trade Center. He worked long days, said his wife, Jill, but he managed to be well-rounded. He used to unwind by spending hours listening to music, any kind of music.
The Swifts had been married five years. They celebrated Mrs. Swift's 30th birthday in June by going to the Bahamas with a group of friends. "He was a die-hard Yankees fan," Mrs. Swift said of the man she met when they were both high school students. "He yelled at a lot of TV's because of it. I had to become a Yankees fan before we married. My family was National League, they like the Mets, but it was a deal I had to make."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 16, 2001.