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Who is Thomas Crater and the New York Page? In Memories of J. Michael Bloom I discussed Thomas Crater….Another person who inspired me toward my Goals!

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Well,  just so you know…. I always aim to give you something interesting to read.  I found Thomas Crater when I was googling and here he is.  So,  yes there was an actual NEW YORK PAGE….AND AND REAL THOMAS CRATER THAT ALLOWED ME TO WRITE AND PRACTICE JOURNALISM. But  I had lost touch of Mr. Crater over the years.  He was a great mentor to me.  Keep well Mr. Crater  and keep up the good fight of faith and making SouthEast Jamaica beautiful!  Thanks!—-RIVEROFLIFELISAJOY!!!—-

Thomas Crater Thomas Crater “People don’t know their history, they should go out and learn about their history.”

“People don’t know their history, they should go out and learn about their history.”

Thomas Crater is the chairperson and sole board member for the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation’s (GJDC) Beautification Committee. He is always speed-walking somewhere, never without his briefcase, and he will turn any topic into a history lesson.
Greatest Achievement

Crater is known for fighting with the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) and government-run organizations about cleaning up the Downtown Jamaica area. He recently confronted the LIRR about the graffiti covering the railroad bridges and station, and according to Crater, they finally admitted it is their responsibility to clean up the defacement.Crater also started a publication called “The New York Page,” a newspaper he said he created to cover issues that everyone else is too scared to deal with. The paper prints when Crater gets around to it. He said he might print one before the November presidential elections if the paper is in high demand.Community Character

Crater has never entered a GJDC Downtown Committee meeting without a problem to discuss, and before anyone can address his concerns, he is on to the next one, without stopping to take a breath.
He avoids sitting down at meetings because he knows he is going to get riled up, so you will catch him pacing up and down the Jamaica Market Harvest Room until the meeting is over.
Crater is also known for his active involvement in the community, especially with the Greater Allen Cathedral of New York, the church he has been a member of since he moved to the area.
Most Outrageous Act

Without a car, Crater finds it hard to be punctual when it comes to getting to meetings, but no matter how late he arrives, Crater ensures that his words will be heard, and when he is on time, no one can take away his microphone.
At the February Downtown Committee meeting, Crater was asked to give an overview of what the Beautification Committee was doing. Crater stood up, moved away from the table and started interrogating board members of the GJDC. “When do you plan on starting construction on the Airport Village? There’s all this talk but no action.”When board members tried to quiet Crater down, he ignored the requests and insisted that the people of Southeast Queens deserve to know what’s going on. Although Crater did not get his questions answered, he said that he never forgets what happens at the meetings, and the subjects will come up again.Work Relationship

Crater works hand in hand with GJDC to develop Downtown Jamaica. Although he is the only member on the Beautification Committee, Crater says he stays in touch with the organization to keep them aware of his progress. The Downtown Committee also sent Crater to meet with the Borough President to discuss ways of demolishing graffiti in the borough.
Although Crater provokes the members of the Downtown Committee about the progress the organization is making with the redevelopment of Southeast Queens, he said he supports them in their efforts to rebuild the community, he just wishes there was a time frame as to when the work would be done.–Raynelle Cerica Bull

“People don’t know their history, they should go out and learn about their history.”

Thomas Crater “People don’t know their history, they should go out and learn about their history.”

“People don’t know their history, they should go out and learn about their history.”

Thomas Crater is the chairperson and sole board member for the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation’s (GJDC) Beautification Committee. He is always speed-walking somewhere, never without his briefcase, and he will turn any topic into a history lesson.
Greatest Achievement

Crater is known for fighting with the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) and government-run organizations about cleaning up the Downtown Jamaica area. He recently confronted the LIRR about the graffiti covering the railroad bridges and station, and according to Crater, they finally admitted it is their responsibility to clean up the defacement.Crater also started a publication called “The New York Page,” a newspaper he said he created to cover issues that everyone else is too scared to deal with. The paper prints when Crater gets around to it. He said he might print one before the November presidential elections if the paper is in high demand.
Community Character

Crater has never entered a GJDC Downtown Committee meeting without a problem to discuss, and before anyone can address his concerns, he is on to the next one, without stopping to take a breath.
He avoids sitting down at meetings because he knows he is going to get riled up, so you will catch him pacing up and down the Jamaica Market Harvest Room until the meeting is over.
Crater is also known for his active involvement in the community, especially with the Greater Allen Cathedral of New York, the church he has been a member of since he moved to the area.
Most Outrageous Act

Without a car, Crater finds it hard to be punctual when it comes to getting to meetings, but no matter how late he arrives, Crater ensures that his words will be heard, and when he is on time, no one can take away his microphone.
At the February Downtown Committee meeting, Crater was asked to give an overview of what the Beautification Committee was doing. Crater stood up, moved away from the table and started interrogating board members of the GJDC. “When do you plan on starting construction on the Airport Village? There’s all this talk but no action.”When board members tried to quiet Crater down, he ignored the requests and insisted that the people of Southeast Queens deserve to know what’s going on. Although Crater did not get his questions answered, he said that he never forgets what happens at the meetings, and the subjects will come up again.Work Relationship

Crater works hand in hand with GJDC to develop Downtown Jamaica. Although he is the only member on the Beautification Committee, Crater says he stays in touch with the organization to keep them aware of his progress. The Downtown Committee also sent Crater to meet with the Borough President to discuss ways of demolishing graffiti in the borough.
Although Crater provokes the members of the Downtown Committee about the progress the organization is making with the redevelopment of Southeast Queens, he said he supports them in their efforts to rebuild the community, he just wishes there was a time frame as to when the work would be done.–Raynelle Cerica Bull

“People don’t know their history, they should go out and learn about their history.”


Thomas Crater is the chairperson and sole board member for the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation’s (GJDC) Beautification Committee. He is always speed-walking somewhere, never without his briefcase, and he will turn any topic into a history lesson.
Greatest Achievement

Crater is known for fighting with the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) and government-run organizations about cleaning up the Downtown Jamaica area. He recently confronted the LIRR about the graffiti covering the railroad bridges and station, and according to Crater, they finally admitted it is their responsibility to clean up the defacement.Crater also started a publication called “The New York Page,” a newspaper he said he created to cover issues that everyone else is too scared to deal with. The paper prints when Crater gets around to it. He said he might print one before the November presidential elections if the paper is in high demand.
Community Character

Crater has never entered a GJDC Downtown Committee meeting without a problem to discuss, and before anyone can address his concerns, he is on to the next one, without stopping to take a breath.
He avoids sitting down at meetings because he knows he is going to get riled up, so you will catch him pacing up and down the Jamaica Market Harvest Room until the meeting is over.
Crater is also known for his active involvement in the community, especially with the Greater Allen Cathedral of New York, the church he has been a member of since he moved to the area.
Most Outrageous Act

Without a car, Crater finds it hard to be punctual when it comes to getting to meetings, but no matter how late he arrives, Crater ensures that his words will be heard, and when he is on time, no one can take away his microphone.
At the February Downtown Committee meeting, Crater was asked to give an overview of what the Beautification Committee was doing. Crater stood up, moved away from the table and started interrogating board members of the GJDC. “When do you plan on starting construction on the Airport Village? There’s all this talk but no action.”When board members tried to quiet Crater down, he ignored the requests and insisted that the people of Southeast Queens deserve to know what’s going on. Although Crater did not get his questions answered, he said that he never forgets what happens at the meetings, and the subjects will come up again.Work Relationship

Crater works hand in hand with GJDC to develop Downtown Jamaica. Although he is the only member on the Beautification Committee, Crater says he stays in touch with the organization to keep them aware of his progress. The Downtown Committee also sent Crater to meet with the Borough President to discuss ways of demolishing graffiti in the borough.
Although Crater provokes the members of the Downtown Committee about the progress the organization is making with the redevelopment of Southeast Queens, he said he supports them in their efforts to rebuild the community, he just wishes there was a time frame as to when the work would be done.–Raynelle Cerica Bull
A word from Riveroflifelisajoy!—-So there you have it!  Still going strong in his own way.  I hope that all continues to go well for Mr. Crater.  He assisted a young college student to understand writing and the power of the ink on paper!  Thank you again.  Mr.  Crater.  Two very powerful people that I had met before the age of  thirty!  Two people who were not afraid to step out from their comfort zone and be the person they felt lead and drawn to be.  Be lead by your dreams and push the limits of what feels safe.  Yes,  J. Michael Bloom  Talent Agent (founder/CEO of the J. Michael Bloom and Associates), who has passed on leaving those of us fortunate to have known him or known of him to remember his great contributions to budding young and talented artists,  and Thomas Crater….News Paper Founder,  and CEO Entreprenauer of the SouthEast Queens Community who has been a mover and a shaker in the community WITHOUT  becoming a politician!  Yes,  I am still aiming to achieve my goals,  and I have two non-related people to which I can say thankfor your being who you are and were.  Thank   you for treating me with respect, and mentoring me.  I truly appreciate it to this very day!

——RiVEROFLIFELISAJOY! 

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Another Reflection on how J. Michael Bloom Touched my Life.

 Chinese Ink through time by Riveroflifelisajoy        I  wanted to reflect with you one more time about the impact that  J. Michael Bloom, of the J. Michael Bloom and Associates Talent Agency,  the businessman and Leader had on me as a young 20 year old woman.  I worked for J. Michael in the mid eighties.  While I was attending Queens College, one of my professors said that I had a talent for writing. 

 I  enrolled in journalism courses.  I also joined the Queens College NewsPaper.  I chose to do theatre reviews.  What a perfect time to start writing. 

My assignments were to interview various people.  Well, as you might have already guessed I asked J. Michael Bloom if I could interview him for my Queens College paper. 

 Yes, he allowed me to interview him.  I interviewed him about actors, and acting, and being a talent agent.  I wish I had the article. It was so many years ago.   From that point on I began to write with more confidence. 

I was writing short stories, prose, poetry etc.  I had about twenty diaries that I filled.  I would type up my writing late at night.  I would then submit them for publishing at the college paper.  I even had enough belief in myself that I  went out to short story writing classes, and other literary events!

 I had met a man  named Thomas Crater one day after that first interview with J.Michael Bloom. 

 I joined his private owned community paper called the New York Page.  The  funny thing was….Cheryl,  of J. Michael Bloom, one of the payroll accountants that I worked with happened to know Thomas Crater through his wife. 

 Thomas Crater was a man with vision when I met him! Mr. Crater had been peddaling his newspaper on the corner of Parsons Blvd.  at the subway stop in Queens.  He had worked in an advertising agency that was associated with paying some of the Bloom clients for various commercials etc.

  However,  he was tired of the advertising business so instead he  decided to sell ads for his own newspaper.  Thus after I was writing for the college newspaper, and as well as taking the journalism packet of courses at Queens College…..I then happened to meet Thomas Crater!

  I became an Assistant Editor of the New York Page!  It was not a paid job,  but I was involved with the lay out of the paper,and conducted many more interviews since that first interview with J. Michael Bloom. 

The only thing I would like to say, is that I had gotten married, etc. and put my writing away for a long while.

So with all of that being said I want to say thank you J. Michael Bloom.  I now  realize how much he meant to  my life!

  Thank you for taking out the time to listen,  and talk to one such as I was, way back when. 

Even now,  I am very sure, that my life is very different than it would have been if I had not met such a person of your presence and depth J. Michael Bloom. 

Thank you for your care  and concern when I needed it most. 

My son, who is now 14 is currently in the World Journalism Preparatory HighSchool.  He has been writing his own blog also.  I hope I am helping him by showing him.  I  hope he will become very successful whatever he decides to become.

 Thank you, Michael Bloom  for believing in me the most when I needed it.  Thank you for giving an opportunity to a young college student working toward goals and dreams.

My condolences to the Family and Friends of J. Michael Bloom.

 Sometimes it is the small, little deeds one does, that are the most powerful lasting gifts.

Thankyou,  J. Michael Bloom you will never be forgotten.

Riveroflifelisajoy!

J. Michael Bloom remembered by Lisa Joy…Thank you for the memories Mr. Bloom

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NO,  I did not become a rich and famous person by my association with the J. Michael Bloom & Associates.  But I did become wealthy in understanding of the world around me and it’s possibilties!

  I went to the J. Michael Bloom company when I was about 21 years old.  I worked there for about 5 years.  I  always had a way of being that allowed me to be in places that expected descrete conduct!  I guess  I made an impression and I was hired by company.

  I was also quite shy!  But I loved actors, and acting.  While I attended Queens College I had taken stage direction class.

  When I was a child my mother (in an effort to break me from my with drawn behavior) placed me in an  acting class and I played the lead role to “Member of the Wedding” stage play. 

So I really thought about acting when I was older and understood what it was about a littler better than when I was nine years old.   I loved to decide how a stage play should be handled, but I was too shy to even cope at that point in my life. 

 I was very withdrawn in some areas of my life.  But the J. Michael Bloom company did not judge me.  They liked me and they hired me.  The office manager was very kind and motherly in her approach toward me. 

 Once I had been in a car accident,  the J. Michael Bloom and Associates Office Manager,  Janice Morrision placed me on the health insurance to protect my health for the future.

  I was still quite shy….but they were full of compassion on a young  sheltered woman as myself.  I really appreciated that.

  Although the office manager placed me on their health insurance coverage,  that had to come from the top of the orangization!  J. Michael Bloom the man,  had trusted her judgement.

  I had met him many times when he would come from California to address business in the New York Office.  Every year at Christmas the office parties were filled with all of the foods, and decorations that make the holidays quaint, and joyous! 

 Michael Bloom  would always talk individually to each worker after the party and give a bonus check!  He wrote a very kind and inspirational note to my mother about the type of worker I was!

  I was so  honored that he even noticed an office worker such as myself!  Because I sing,  the office manager and  the CEO of the company,  Daniel Heffernan were so very kind to tell me where I could go into the Village to record my voice for $15.00!! 

 They even let me go on my lunch break no matter how long it took!

  I was well treated,  I had my own office.  I had my own phone and I was respected while I worked at the J. Michael Bloom & Associates Talent Agency. 

I was able to see people who were famous for their accomplishments in acting or beauty or cuteness or whatever! 

 I so wished I could be like them.  But I could see the star quality that made them stand out from the rest.

  I began to learn to look around me and use the information for my own life.  My learning experience was to strive to be the best I could be in whatever field of interest I approached. 

 There are so many life lessons I had received when I left the J. Michael Bloom Talent Agency!  The most important is that I can achieve! 

 Famous people,  people lawded for their accomplishments are merely humanbeings who refused to let the odds stacked against them slow their drive or stop their goals. 

 Some people are truly naturals!  That is true also! 

 Sometimes it is the “luck of the draw.”  But many times it is chemistry!  How did I get the opportunity to be in the halls of J. Michael Bloom for five years?

  I do not know. 

 But I did start out as a temp and then I was hired permaently!  I have had dreams where I still feel the green carpet under my feet.

  Sometimes I would   arrive early and I would be all alone in the office.  It was peaceful there….nothing to be afraid of.

  I have had dreams and awoke remembering myself walking down the halls and exiting the lobby entering the bronze elevator.

  Well, in my mind now,  J. Michael Bloom  is walking the halls  and laughing  and talking to his clients and staff.  

 Thank you J. Michael Bloom for touching my life with the possibility to dream! 

—Fini…..

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