ALL IN THE FAMILY: Tom Powell flanked by The Judds. (All photos courtesy Kevin Powell) If longtime industry journalist ‘couldn’t write something nice about you, he wasn’t going to write it at all’ Tom Powell helped form the business of documenting the sports and live entertainment industry. In his 35 years as a reporter and editor at the old Amusement Business magazine, Powell mentored many journalists working across multiple trade publications, including VenuesNow and Pollstar. Powell died Jan. 21 in Nashville. He was 86. At the time of his death, Powell was still writing weekly columns for the Outdoor Amusement Business Association, the trade organization for the carnival industry. It was a testament to his work ethic, plus his love of live entertainment and the personalities that make it a compelling endeavor. Nobody had more fun doing his job than Powell, fondly called “TP” by his family, friends and colleagues. […]
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