"Oh God, here comes that aging hippie liberal d**che, we better get out of here before we have to hear his bitching." - Cartman - South Park
Thomas P ONeill has been a Tucson resident for 6 years, retiring here in order to be close to family. He was awarded the nickname "Tip" after the esteemed Congressman when he lived in Cambridge and his name was listed before the Congressman's in the phone book.
(A "phone book" is a large paper volume which was used as a telephone number reference in the days before Google - you could have your name removed for a small fee, used to cover the expense of moving all the other phone numbers up by one)
Much to the chagrin of teabaggers everywhere he has never received a dime of government assistance in any form, actually working for a living - first as a medical technologist and then as a computer programmer.
(Excuse me - "software architect")
He did, however, succumb to the urge to name his son after Timothy Leary.
Heavily influenced while reading Catch-22 on morphine drip following an appendectomy ( the morphine was neccessary to soothe the convulsions of laughter) he later lived at Ft. Benning Ga near the BOQ where Rusty Calley endured his three years of semi-confinement for raping, torturing and mutilating 70 or 80 women and children and, seeing the harsh punishment accorded our glorious military, decided that it was not to be his career path.
Thus began his descent into hippiedom.
Stereotypically his favorite musicians are Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell, favorite artist John Singer Sargent, favorite director Stanley Kubrick, favorite playwrights Stoppard and Tennesee Williams, favorite lyricist Sondheim, favorite philosophers Bertrand Russell and Voltaire, favorite fiction science fiction of the Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlein variety.
Again stereotypically, the product of parochial school (and Altar Boy of the Year) he is a radical gay athiest.