Born: July 9, 1933 in Waltham, Massachusetts
Tom Vance was born on July 9, 1933 in Waltham, Massachusetts. He lived there until 1951 when he enlisted in the Marines, serving two years in the combat unit in Korea where he was wounded in action and received two Purple Hearts for his service.
Vance then served two years in the Entertainment Unit, as the co-writer and co-producer of a Marine Corps production, “Broadway on the 38th.” The show was successful and cited in The Saturday Evening Post, Life and Look magazines. Upon his return to the United States, Vance took up residence in Beaumont, Texas.
From 1959 to 1963, Vance produced and hosted a top-rated local dance show, “Jive at Five,” which Billboard Magazine rated the No. 2 show per capita in the nation. In 1964, Vance founded the Vance Agency and became the personal and business manager of a variety of celebrities and athletes including: Alex Karras, Dick Butkus, Dan Pastorini, George Plimpton, and Earl Campbell.
Vance helped organize the National Football League’s Players’ Association. He has represented the Players’ Association at press conferences, with political contacts and at union negotiations with team owners and also served as its first Public Relations Director.