Born in a tiny fishing village on Norway’s rugged coastline, Tor initially trained to be a classical musician, but later decided to lead the glamorous life of a Norwegian deep-sea fisherman. However, on a stormy winter afternoon in 1992, evil Swedish gangsters boat-jacked his ship and forced Tor and his heroic Norwegian crew to sail to a garbage-strewn port somewhere in New Jersey. He and his crew escaped unharmed, but four of the evil Swedish gangsters ingested large quantities of Russian vodka and stale lutefisk, became delusional, and firebombed Tor’s boat with a Molotov cocktail. The evil gangsters eluded the FBI and New Jersey State Police and fled back to Sweden.
Undaunted, Tor set out to seek his fortune here in America. Just as many of his countrymen immigrated to Minnesota; Tor settled in the Twin Cities, rekindled his love of music, and also became quite enamored with golf and hockey. In fact, he was the assistant to the radio producer for the NHL’s Minnesota North Stars during their final season in Minnesota (1992-93).
In 1994, he joined the Minneapolis-based horn-funk band Stone Foundation, at which time Tor began playing six-string bass guitar exclusively. He recorded two CDs with the group (a 1994 studio album and a live EP in 1996), and was a part of two Minnesota Music Award nominations. However, he remained with the band only until their tour bus was involved in a horrific crash near Kansas City. As the bus careened off a tall bridge, Tor managed to dive out a side window before the bus plunged 230 feet from the freeway overpass into a stockyard near the Missouri River. The fully-loaded bus exploded in a spectacular fireball, killing several hundred head of beef cattle.
(In a strange coincidence, the Kansas City Star‘s restaurant critic reported soon after that his steak dinners seemed a bit overcooked.)
Cutting his losses, Tor returned to Minneapolis and instantly became an experienced technical support analyst. During four years in Colorado, Tor instantly became an expert technical writer and editor, and took a second job as a classical music host and producer at KCME FM 88.7, one of the five best classical music radio stations in the western United States.
In Elephant In The Room, Tor wields a massive six-string bass, two keyboards, a mixing console, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Tor’s broad experiences as a highly-experienced musician and as a trusted technical writer and editor give him, among other things, the authority to make up portions of his own biography.