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December 05, 2019
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December 03, 2019
Tom Landerman was my supervisor. To this day, I'm still not sure exactly why. I guess I just needed someone to report to, so since Tom's office was right next door, it was him. He was there for many many years, I was only there for 3. I fell into a solo laser etching position that was kind of its own gig. And what a gig it was. I needed a job, bad. I'd just recently recovered from being run over by a drunk driver while on my motorcycle, and 9 months later when I was able to walk again, needed a new job that I could spend on and off my feet. I was at the lowest point of my life. I'd completely lost my independence, I lost my job, I lost my hobby and most of my mobility. I almost lost my house. I opened craigslist, and Laser Operator was literally the very first thing I saw. So I applied, got a call back and hopped in my old 70's van and made my way to the interview. Tom was a pretty intimidating dude at first. A large guy with a booming voice and a very stoic look on his face throughout the entire interview.

Very quickly, my perspective of Tom changed. He loved my old 70's van and told me stories of his time in Cali. He even wanted to sell me his old Ranchero at very generous price, but I couldn't afford it at the time. He had a great sense of humor and wasn't afraid to share it. He loved comic books and superheros, pop culture. He was a huge fan of Green Lantern and Batman. I always wanted to mail him some of my old comic books. I had a Joker card from the pre-release of The Dark Knight film that I was going to send him for christmas this year, as well as a keychain from the same event, a cast metal batman glove with CITIZENS FOR BATMAN printed on it.

Tom used to give me complete artistic freedom with my job, and was willing to trust me to manage my own time. I respected that more than anything, and made sure to do a good job. This willingness to trust an employee really fostered a relationship with strong respect. I respected Tom more than any other boss I've ever had. Tom was also a great listener. He wouldn't just wait to speak, he would actually listen intently and offer advice, time and time again. Over the course of 3 years, we exchanged gifts, he bought us food with money from his own pocket, he offered advice, gave me cool projects and always made sure to let me know when he was thankful.

The man actually shed a tear when I left the job a year ago to move cross country. I cried on the drive home that day. He gave me a job when I felt completely broken and nearly useless to the world and myself. He made me feel useful, appreciated and respected. I owe Tom more than he will ever know. My entire life changed because this guy saw that I still had a spark. I'm now the supervisor of a CNC Cutting Shop at a backpacking business in Maine, where we make high end gear. I run my own team and can only aspire to be half as cool as Tom Landerman. I'm sorry I won't be able to afford to make it out to the memorial service, money is tight and plane tickets are expensive. I'll be there in spirit.

Thanks for everything, Tom.

Love,
Matt Gray
(aka the most interesting dude, according to Tom)

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