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HOT ROD’s First Employee Tom Medley Passes at 93

HOT ROD’s First Employee Tom Medley Passes at 93

March 05, 2014
by Petersen

Tom Medley was the first employee of Robert E. Petersen as HOT ROD’s Cartoon Editor starting with the second issue of HOT ROD in 1948.  He was hired to draw the early cutaway illustrations and cartoons for HOT ROD and created Stroker McGurk, a character who built and race just about anything, always with a comedic twist..  He went on to photograph hundreds of features for both HOT ROD and Rod & Custom, was the Ad Manager for HOT ROD and then Publisher of Rod & Custom.  He also served as editor and publisher of Petersen’s Street Rod Quarterly for years.  Generally he worked behind the scenes in many capacities at Petersen Publishing Co. from 1948 until his retirement in 1984.

Tom sat down with Jay Leno back in December of 2012 to talk about his legendary career and diverse body of work.