Thomas Mark

Thomas Mark was born on the East Coast in 1949. As a very young man, he had an interest in science which led to a job at a young age at the Franklin Institute, where he worked in photo microscopy. He later attended Temple University where he began  pre-med studies.

At the age of eighteen, Thomas began an unlikely albeit successful career as a jewelry designer, selling his designs to prestigious retailers in New York and across the country, such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. His designs were featured in such magazines as Vogue and Glamour.  His life was filled with chance encounters, such as the one with Salvador Dali whose attention was so riveted by a pendant that Thomas designed and was wearing on a walk down Fifth Avenue, that he demanded to have it and Thomas, always generous, took it off and happily gave it to him.  It was in this period that Thomas met Kay Anderson, the pioneer of lenticular imagery, a meeting which was to have great influence in Thomas’ later projects, and which instilled in him a lifelong love of  lenticular images.

In his thirties, Thomas became co-manager of an alternative UHF station based in New Jersey that served the New York market. With a unique take on things, the station featured a clown doing the news, and and some of the first music videos ever aired.  Soon thereafter, he began producing television programming in the form of music video shows that were syndicated on broadcast stations accross the country. Music video shows were in their infancy, and these shows and MTV were the only ones on the air.  MTV at the time was not featuring any black artists, which Thomas disagreed with, making sure that the shows he was helming either showed black artists, or in a couple of cases, were entirely featuring black artists. For his furthering of black music, Thomas was inducted into the Black Music Association (BMA), and to my knowledge is still the only white person to be a member.

Following the syndicated television shows, Thomas also co-produced two cable networks one of which sold merchandise, and the other that sold movie programming. He subsequently produced or co-produced a number of cable show series that aired for a number of years.

He later came back to one of his first loves, lenticular imaging. In this area he helped develop software and inspired lenses used in the creation of both flip and 3D images. It was an area that served both his artistic and technical interests.  Thomas was a generous spirit who never failed to help and inspire many peoples’ lives, both  business and personal.

He tragically died in February of 2012 in a car accident.