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Columnist Tom Blake '61 Authors Prime Rib & Boxcars: Whatever Happened to Victoria Station?

July 9, 2006

Tom Blake Victoria.jpgJuly 9, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - Tom Blake, a syndicated columnist and 1961 graduate of DePauw University, describes the rise and fall of a restaurant chain in his new book, Prime Rib & Boxcars: Whatever Happened to Victoria Station?. During the 1970s, Blake was an executive with Victoria Station, a prime rib and train car restaurant chain, which grew in eight years to $100 million in sales. The author "reveals his very personal journey from landing a dream job and living a dream life until the chinks in the armor started to appear," states a synopsis of the book.

The cover of Prime Rib & Boxcars is a 1976 photo of Blake standing with Johnny Cash outside the Victoria Station in Newport Beach, California.

tom blake.jpgTom Blake has written more than 900 newspaper columns on dating and relationships, and has made multiple appearances on television's Good Morning America and Today as an expert on dating after 50. Blake, who majored in economics at DePauw, also earned an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. He lives in Southern California and has owned Tutor and Spunky's Deli in Dana Point, California, for 17 years.

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