Tom Bullock

Tom Bullock

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IRON MOUNTAIN, MI – Thomas Penglase Bullock, 79, formerly of Marquette and recently of Iron Mountain, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, December 3, 2020. Formally trained as a pianist and actor/singer from the age of seven, Tom started professional film work as a film editor on a children's TV comedy series. He has since continued as film & sound editor and post producer on feature films, shorts and trailers in SF and LA., and has performed the same function on many commercials, corporate. Tom has 15 years guiding experience that covers Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. He grew up in a fishing family and got his education from friend and guide, Pat Long – former owner of Snake River Guide Service. Tom worked for Clearwater River Company rowing drift boats, guiding for steelhead on the upper and middle Clearwater. The Ideal Bartender - By Tom Bullock. First cocktail book published by an African-American author. Introduction by noted rum authority Ian Burrell. View the profiles of people named Tom Bullock. Join Facebook to connect with Tom Bullock and others you may know. Facebook gives people the power to.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI – Thomas Penglase Bullock, 79, formerly of Marquette and recently of Iron Mountain, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, December 3, 2020, after a very long but courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy Body Dementia.

He was born July 21, 1941, in Marquette, son of the late Clarence “Pinky” and Rubye (Penglase) Bullock. After graduating from Marquette Senior High School, Tom attended Northern Michigan University. In 1963, he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in education and began teaching at Racine Horlick High School. On August 20, 1966, Tom and Penny Joan Adams were united in marriage in Zion, Illinois. Tom moved on from teaching and owned several real estate companies. He first purchased Closser Realty in 1976 and then Closser Bullock in 1979, later changing the name to Coldwell Banker Bullock Realtors. In 1990, Tom became partners with Select Realty, where he worked until his diagnoses and retirement in 2005. Although he was only diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease for 16 years, he fought the disease with a vengeance for nearly 20 years. Tom was president of various organizations and achievements, including but not limited to, being President of the Chamber of Commerce, UP Board of Realtors, and the Exchange Club. Tom and Penny eventually retired to Lake Placid, Florida. He was a well-established businessman, but nothing came before his family. Tom was proud of the family home/camp he built in Big Bay and was an avid Redmen football fan.

Tom will be missed by his loving wife of 54 years, Penny Bullock; sons, Tim (Mary) Bullock and Randy (Vickie) Bullock; daughter, Melanie (Todd) Jastremski; grandchildren, Nicole and Matt (Lizzy) Bullock, Josh and Cassie Bullock, and Megan (Kaleb) Collins and Alli (Derek) Aberly; great-granddaughters, Payton, Macie, Berkley, Ella, and Nona; brother and best friend, Tim Bullock; brother- and sister-in-law, Jim and Bonnie Ladwig; and dear friends, Paulette and Steve Lindberg.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Pinky and Rubye Bullock.

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In honor of Tom’s wishes, a celebration of life will be held in Marquette in the spring of 2021.

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Tom Bullock was the first African-American to write a cocktail book, called 'The Ideal Bartender' in 1917. In fact, Bullock was the only African-American to write a cocktail book to this day according to D.J. Frienz, co-author of the reprinted version of The Ideal Bartender, titled '173 Pre-Prohibition Cocktails.' (Published by Howling at the Moon Press, ISBN 0-9654333-2-3)
Bullock was born in Louisville, Kentucky shortly after the Civil War was over. Bullock started to work at country clubs at a very young age starting from the entry-level positions. Later he became to be a well-recognized bartender of the time at St. Louis Country Club, where he served for government officials and other elite members.
George Herbert Walker, grandfather of George W. Bush was one of the big fans of Bullock's cocktails, who contributed his writing to Bullock's book in introduction. 'I have known the author for many years, and it is a privilege to be permitted to testify to his qualifications. .. In all that time I doubt that he has erred in event one of his concoctions.'
In Bullock's book, he listed cocktails such as various absinthe cocktails, Mint Julep and Ramos Gin Fizz
After publishing his book, Prohibition made his profession illegal, yet bartending culture was stronger than ever, bartenders were well paid and tipped for supplying public a illegal substance of alcohol. Bullock moved frequently and changed professions during the dry period, but kept bartending at St. Louis Country Club where people could still drink, tells D.J. Frienz. The country club did not keep the records on him working there.
'It fascinates me that he was born into such a strange society at such a wild point in America's history,' says D.J. Frienz. 'Imagine being born in Louisville, KY right after the Civil War ended. Louisville was and is at heart a Southern city, yet it was also headquarter of the North during much of the Civil War. .. Now imagine being born black, told you're free, but for the next 100 years or so you won't have the rights of a free person.'
From the book, 173 Pre-Prohibition Cocktails
Co-author D.J. Frienz, ISBN 0-9654333-2-3
'Newspapers called former president Teddy Roosevelt a liar when he confessed under oath to drinking 'just part of one julep' made for him by master bartender Tom Bullock. The reason? 'To believe that a red-blooded man, and a true Colonel at that, ever stopped with just a part of one of Tom's drinks.. is to strain credulity too far. '
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