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Tom Serur (W5APM)
(This is an informal entry about a ham who helped me along when I was just getting into Amateur Radio.)
Tom Serur, W5APM (SK), lived his early and later years, in the (then) small town of San Marcos, Texas, between Austin & San Antonio. San Marcos was where I did much of my growing-up (teenage years in the 1960s) and I met Tom through James E. Hodge, W5AEQ (SK), who had given me my Novice Exam in the summer of 1969.
From what I recollect (as I write this at the end of March 2014) Tom had been born and raised in San Marcos and I heard stories about how his family had one of the first broadcast radios in town (presumably this was in the 1920s) and they would set it in a window so people could stop and listen as they passed the Serur home.
By the time I met Tom (1969-1970) he was retired and back living in San Marcos but several years ago I came across a QSL card entry (on some Web site) which showed that he had lived in New Mexico back in the 1930s.
I don't remember (now) how he came to have it but Tom had a small printing press in an out-building on his property and he printed up a batch of QSL cards for me when my call was shiny-new and I was ready to work-the-world (grin).
By the time I knew him I don't believe that Tom operated any mode but radio teletype (RTTY) and of course in the late 1960s along with that came the noisy clatter and pungent smell (from the lubricating oil) of mechanical Teletype equipment.
The last time I saw Tom was a chance encounter at a mall in Austin in 1983. By then I was working for a company on the north side of Dallas but my mother was living in Lockhart (about 30 miles south of Austin) and while visiting her we'd gone to Austin to do some shopping.
While we were walking along through a mall we came upon Tom and Mrs. Serur. Tom and I sat down on a bench and became oblivious to our surroundings as we talked over times past. I seem to remember Mrs. Serur smiling as she and my mother continued on to do their shopping.
Contributed by: Paul N. Nix (WB5AGF)
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