Thom Hartmann - Biography
Biography of Thom Hartmann
Thom Hartmann s books have been written about in Time magazine and he has
been on numerous national and international radio and TV shows, including
NPR s All Things Considered, CNN, and BBC radio. He has been on the front
page of The Wall Street Journal twice, has spoken to over 100,000 people
on four continents over the past two decades, and one of his books was
selected for inclusion in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian. A
best-selling and award-winning author, he is also rostered with the State
of Vermont as a psychotherapist, and a licensed and certified NLP
Practitioner and NLP Trainer.
Over the past twenty years, he has worked with hundreds of ADD and
hyperactive children and adults. In 1978, he and his wife Louise opened
the New England Salem Children's Village (NESCV), a residential treatment
facility for children on one hundred and thirty-two wooded acres on
Stinson Lake in New Hampshire. The Children's Village is based on the
family model of the international Salem program located in Germany.
As executive director of NESCV for five years, Hartmann worked with
numerous psychologists and psychiatrists, social workers and courts, and
hundreds of children and parents. He taught parenting classes, helped
train child-care workers, was co-founder of the New Hampshire Group Home
Association, and worked closely with that state's governor to develop
programs for children in crisis.
NESCV specializes in providing previously institutionalized children with
a family model, non-institutional setting, and works, usually, without
drugs with children who have nearly all been in some form of drug therapy.
It was the subject of three major reports on National Public Radio's All
Things Considered afternoon news program, as well as feature articles in
Parenting, Prevention, East-West, Country Journal, and over a dozen other
national publications and newspapers. In 1998, NESCV will be opening The
Hunter School, a residential school for ADD/ADHD children (for more
information, call 603 786-9427).
Hartmann also worked with the international Salem program based in Europe
to set up famine relief and other, similar programs in Africa, Europe,
South America, and Asia, and lived with his family for a year in Germany
at the international Salem headquarters. In Uganda, in 1980 (just months
after Idi Amin was run out of the country), he entered a war zone and
negotiated with the provisional government for land to build a hospital
and refugee center, which is still operating and seeing an average of over
five hundred patients a day. He has helped set up similar programs in
several other countries, most recently traveling to Bogota, Colombia.
From 1972 to 1978, and 1987 to 1991, he taught concentration and
meditation techniques through a series of weekly classes, and spoke on
these subjects at numerous conferences in the United States and Europe.
As a journalist, Hartmann spent seven years as a radio and television news
reporter during and immediately after his college years, and has been
published over two hundred times in more than fifty different national and
international publications, ranging from the German version of
International Business Week and The Christian Science Monitor, to Popular
Computing, for which he wrote a monthly column for two years. At one time
he was Contributing Editor to, and a columnist for, seven different
national magazines, and is the winner of the prestigious Jessie H. Neal
award for excellence in reporting. His monograph about dietary
intervention in the hyperactive syndrome was published in 1981 in The
Journal of Orthomolecular Psychiatry, and one of his short stories won a
national award. One of his books (Think Fast!) was selected for inclusion
in the permanent exhibit on information technology in medicine at the
Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.
Additionally, Hartmann has successfully started seven businesses, one of
which made the front page of The Wall Street Journal. Enterprises he has
started (and, with two exceptions, later sold) include an advertising
agency, a newsletter/magazine publishing company, an herbal tea
manufacturing company, an international travel wholesaler and travel
agency, a training company presenting seminars nationwide, an electronics
design and repair company, and a company which sells computer peripherals.
He has published nine nonfiction books and written nine novels, is both a
licensed pilot and a licensed private detective (neither of which he
practices), and a former skydiver.
The founder of the Michigan Healing Arts Center, and a student of
"alternative" medicine, he received a C.H. (Chartered Herbalist) degree
from Dominion Herbal College, an M.H. (Master of Herbology) degree from
Emerson College, and a Ph.D. in Homeopathic Medicine from Brantridge in
England (his Ph.D. thesis was published in a national-circulation magazine
in the United States, and these degrees qualify him to practice
homeopathic and herbal medicine in England, Canada, India, and several
dozen other countries). He completed a residential post-graduate course in
acupuncture at the Beijing International Acupuncture Institute, the
world's largest accredited acupuncture teaching hospital, in Beijing,
China, in 1986. He is also a certified and licensed NLP (NeuroLinguistic
Programming) Practicioner and Trainer, and rostered as a Psychotherapist
by the State of Vermont.
A student of technology, he held a radio and TV station broadcast
engineering license from the federal government, is a former amateur radio
operator, a Certified Electronics Technician, and a former
engineer/technician for RCA. He currently holds contracts with CompuServe
to supervise and operate the Desktop Publishing and DTP Vendor Forums,
Office Automation Forum, ADD Forum, International Trade Forum, and half a
dozen others. In this capacity, he daily helps serve the needs of
CompuServe's millions of members, and can easily be reached online at
"Thom@compuserve.com". His books about ADD, business, and spirituality are
available in bookstores nationwide.
In the marketing and advertising field (his specialty), he is currently
president of Mythical Books, sold in 1997 an advertising agency and
newsletter publishing company, has worked as a consultant to dozens of US
Government agencies and hundreds of companies, and has taught seminars on
advertising and marketing to over ten thousand companies and individuals
in the past fifteen years. His clients include over four hundred seventy
of the Fortune 500 firms, and he has been a keynote speaker to groups
ranging from a Hong Kong banker's meeting, to a symposium on international
travel sponsored by KLM Airlines and American Express in Amsterdam, to the
California Teachers Association's annual conference. He has spoken to over
100,000 people on four continents.
An inveterate traveler and sometimes a risk-taker, Hartmann has often
found himself in the world's hot spots on behalf of the Salem organization
or as a writer, a situation which causes his friends to sometimes wonder
aloud if he works for the CIA (he does not). He was, for example, in The
Philippines when Ferdinand Marcos fled the country; in Egypt the week
Anwar Sadat was shot; in Uganda during the war of liberation by Tanzania;
in Hungary when the first East German refugees arrived; in Germany when
the wall came down; in Peru when the Shining Path first bombed the
presidential palace; in Beijing during the first student demonstrations;
in Thailand when they were briefly invaded by Laos, then again when the
military coup of 1991 occurred, then again when the military were thrown
out in 1992; in Barbados during the recent anti-government strikes and
shutdowns; in Bogota and Medellin, Colombia, during the spate of killings
of presidential candidates; in Israel, in the West Bank town of Nablus,
the week the Intifada started there; on the Czech border the week
Chernobyl melted down; in Kenya during the first big wave of crackdowns on
dissidents; and in Venezuela during the 1991 coup attempt. He has been
successful in avoiding some disasters, however. For example, he was out of
the country when George Bush picked Dan Quayle as his running mate.
Born in 1951, he is the father of three children aged sixteen to
twenty-four, and has been married to his wife, Louise (a brilliant, very
patient, and non-ADD woman), for twenty-five years.