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Fernando Gallo The story of how I tracked down the elusive and mysterious Tom Barth

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Fernando Gallo

Posted: Saturday, January 15, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:51 am, Sat Jan 15, 2011.

Some people are just busy — it's a reality that a reporter learns to accept very early in their career after so many calls go unanswered and messages remain unreturned. But it's not something you would expect from a homeless guy.

Tom Barth was homeless. He didn't have an address or a place with running water and electricity to go to. But he had a cell phone. In a place where homeless people have laptops, maybe having a cell phone isn't that strange, although it struck me as odd. Odder still was the fact that Barth was a hard guy to get a hold of.

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  • Jenny Vasquez posted at 8:06 pm on Sun, Jan 16, 2011.

    Jenny Vasquez Posts: 2

    I agree -- a great story. Good job, Fernando!

  • Jim Turner posted at 4:34 pm on Sat, Jan 15, 2011.

    Jim Turner Posts: 7

    Fernando deserves a prize! This story is one of the best this newspaper--perhaps any other, for that matter--has published. Go ahead, now, and write your novel. It might even rival The Jungle. Just make sure Lodi Memorial Hospital gets the credit deserved.



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