Thomas Carl “Thom” Hartmann is the host of the radio show The Thom Hartmann Programm and the TV show called The Big Picture. He is also a prominent author, entrepreneur, political commentator, and a former psychotherapist. In addition, Hartmann was the man behind the foundation of the International Wholesale Travel and its subsidiary Sprayberry Travel, and Salem Children’s Village, a foundation with goals of helping abuse and special-needs children. His book entitled ADD: A Different Perception was widely acclaimed for providing a new perspective on the issue of attention deficit disorder.
HARTMANN’S ORIGINS AND PERSONAL LIFE
Hartmann was from Grand Rapids, Michigan and son to Jean and Carl Thomas Hartmann. He was of Norwegian, Welsh, and English ancestry.
Hartmann went to Lansing Community College but eventually transferred to Michigan State University and took up electrical engineering. While in Michigan, he joined the protest against the Vietnam War. He also became interested in Christian mysticism which led to his ordination as a Minister of the Coptic Fellowship International.
Hartmann’s first career was as the co-founder of The Woodley Herber Company. The company specialized in selling herbal products, potpourris and teas. While managing the company, Hartmann obtained degrees in herbology and homeopathic medicine. In New Hampshire, he founded The New England Salem Children’s Village.
The next thing that Hartmann established was International Wholesale Travel and its subsidiary Sprayberry Travel. In 1986, he sold his shares and focused his attention on Salem International. His other jobs included being a trainer for The American Marketing Centers and the founder of Chandler, MacDonald, Stout, Schneiderman & Poe, Inc.
After selling his shares in Chandler, MacDonald, Stout, Schneiderman & Poe, Inc., Hartmann went to Vermont and started hosting radio show which was aired by one of the local stations. He also co-hosted a radio talk show in Oregon under KPOJ.
The Thom Hartmann Program was one of the most popular progressive talk show in America with over 2.75 million listeners per week as reported by Talkers magazine.
The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann is a TV show that Hartmann hosts and is broadcasted on several providers like Free Speech TV, Dish Network, DirecTV, and other public-access television cable TV.
Hartmann was also the author of the very influential book The Last Hours of Ancient Light. In fact, Dalai Lama invited him to visit Dharamsala after reading his book. Meanwhile, The Prophet’s Way inspired Pope John Paul II to invite him as well.
Hartmann’s achievements included an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters given by Goddard College in Port Townsend in Washington.