I knew Tom Meade for a period of forty years spending time with him in southern California in the 70s, buying cars from him in Italy and, later, getting him out of the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center for dinners in restaurants a couple of times a week after he suffered a stroke. When I decided to combine these outings with casting sessions I was conducting for my (Interview) version française series, Elysée Wednesday was born and the weekly, Wednesday gatherings continued from 2009 until 2014.
During those first gatherings, Tom spoke of a segment 60 Minutes had done on him and his Thomassima III that was but a memory as he was never given a copy of the footage. I determined, there and then, that Tom should have access to the footage and went on a quest to obtain it for him. The video seen above is the result.
To: DiPierro, Daniel
Subject: CBS 60 Minutes archive footage...
I was directed to you after inquiring about archival footage shot for 60 Minutes in 1970 on Tom Meade of Modena, Italy. Tom was the designer/builder of a Ferrari-based supercar known as the Thomassima (see attached photo) and he was the subject of a 60 Minutes segment. Tom would like to know if the footage is available to him.
Here is what Tom gave me:
CBS film library 31935
660 Tom Meade
reporter Winston Burdett
locaton Modena, Italy
2 reels 16mm, comp mag color
I hope this data helps in locating the footage if it still exists in your archive. Please feel free to contact me for further clarification.
We have film here entitled “Tom Meade of Modena” (7/10/70). It’s about ten minutes long. I’ve attached a copy of the archival broadcast printout for you to see. How does Mr. Meade plan on using this material?,
Ann M. Fotiades
CBS News Information Resources
524 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
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