Dan Gediman, Will Thomas and This I Believe

Each week Bob is joined by Dan Gediman, the Executive Director of This I Believe, Inc. to discuss one of the original essays from the 1950s radio series. This week’s featured essay is by writer Will Thomas. He was born in Kansas City and worked as a newspaper reporter, editor and wrote pulp fiction to earn extra money. Fed up with everyday racial bigotry, Thomas decided to move his family as far away from Jim Crow laws as he could. After considering Haiti, Thomas eventually settled in Vermont with his wife and three children. His book, “The Seeking,” details the family’s integration into the all-white community of Westford. Click here to read a transcript and to hear the audio of  his “This I Believe” essay. Bob also speaks with Anne Smith, the eldest child of Will Thomas about her father’s essay. She was just four years old when the family moved to northern Vermont.