Marion Sadge
Marion Weiscarger Roughsedge / Marion Sadge
~ Wife and Business Partner of Tom Sadge - Neil Diamond Impersonator ~

UPDATED: November 2022
More than a million people have seen Tom Sadge perform as a Neil Diamond impersonator. Several have become acquainted with him through the years. I've seen many thousands of these fans in the audience, but very, very few have seen me.
If you're on this page, you must be curious. So, here is a little insight to Marion Sadge / Marion Weiscarger Roughsedge.
NOTE & DISCLAIMER: I am claiming strict copyright rights on this page - please do NOT copy, paste, print, reproduce, etc. and disseminate in ANY way. Thank you in advance.
You may only read a little of my story here at this time. More will be added..


My Life BEFORE "Tom Sadge"

Anyone who knows me personally knows have always put my husband and my children first in my life. You also know I am extremely private. I avoid the spotlight like the plague. And I cannot understand why anyone would not. I also think very little of gossip and hearsay.

But lately, since Tom and I are both a bit over 65 - and "retired" from show biz, - I've realized the importance of separating the personal and professional achievements (as well as fact and fiction) of my life from that of Tom's. Truth, and legacy, are important to me as I am the mother of two children and two grandchildren whom I love.

For the above stated reasons, I will be popping in here from time to time to write, correct, update, remove and add what I think is important.

My Young Dreams
My dream, as a young and idealistic girl, was to move to New York City and work with those in need as a social worker. Later, as a young college graduate, my dream was to be a writer and illustrator. There have been long periods of my life where I wrote and / of drew every day. The ideal life l life then was to write and draw full time in a beautiful, dark wook trimmed, cozy apartment in Manhattan - preferable The Dakota. Those dreams included a loving and supportive husband and happy, healthy children.

Meanwhile, I took practical jobs in retail and hospital work as a Mental Health Worker . But I also took art and writing courses a few years after earning my B.A. degree in Social Work.
I also worked in Manhattan one day a week as part of my job as a fashion buyer with Hess's of Allentown, where I lived in an apartment from 1978 - 1982.
(more to come here)

Beginnings

In January 1983, while still working for Hess's (now Macy's) I met Tom Sadge shortly after I moved home from Allentown and he moved back from living away in Florida and Mississippi.
The rest is my history.
Our children, who were born ten years apart and when I was nearly 30 and 40, , needed me. There were no willing and / or available babysitters on either side of our families. Tom's work necessitated working well into the night and sleeping during the day. Besides, I loved our children, our home, and helping Tom with his career. My turn would come later, we both agreed.
To save money when a website was necessary to advance the career of Tom Sadge, I spent a few years learning HTML and code to create an affordable website - TomSadge.com. I also purchased domain names and created a few commercial sites of my own.

So!
I ran the complicated business end of two businesses: Tom' Sadge - very complicated - and my own. I created and ran websites for doctors and American made products..

As Mrs. Tom Sadge
Tom and I have been together since January 1983, married since 1984. Our blessings have been great: two loving children and two loving grandchildren. A wonderful daughter-in-law.

One fact about me, if you care: I have been a night owl all my adult life, and an insomniac at times. This has been in my favor, as there is always so much to do as the wife of Tom Sadge and the hands on, full-time mother. We've also had our children here for eleven years during their parents work hours and after school.

Tom Sadge Is A Business, Not a Person
First of all...Tom Sadge is a business, not a person. Tom Sadge is an impersonator who impersonates Neil Diamond and others. Tom Sadge does not exist except on the stage. Tom Sadge is a show business name. It is a business with more than one person behind that name.
Show business requires a lot of time and work, and it is not the glamorous business that many think it to be. A couple of naive fans once asked Tom: "how was your limousine ride was from the airport to the hotel?" Tom and I, and our children, had a very good laugh over that one! Yes, there are many sacrifices to be made on the road to a career in entertainment. But the rewards are many, as well. Entertaining is what Tom loves to do, for the most part, his dream has come true.

Who Is Behind "Tom Sadge" ? It's a FAMILY Business
Talent alone won't make you a living. It's called show business for a reason. Tom Sadge and I have always been a team: I've used my college education and years as a business professional and manager to harness Tom's enormous talent and take it in a profitable direction. In addition to coming up with the idea of Tom's transition from local "Singing DJ" to internationally acclaimed Neil Diamond impersonator, Tom Sadge as Neil Diamomd, I designed all of, and created some of, the costumes, choreographed the on-stage moves, produced the debut promotional CD, built (and still maintain) the TomSadge.com website, made the initial contacts, keep the books, communicate with agents & clients, shield him from overzealous fans, create and send out the contracts, do the bookkeeping and taxes, and do much of the work that takes place off stage.

Over the years, Tom has gained tremendous business savvy. In his last years as a celebrity impersonator, he put a respectable amount of time into the business end of our work. Last but not least, we are grateful to our two wonderful (now adult) children.. When they were young, they had to make many, many sacrifices - their father was often away from home or on a schedule which did not dove tail with their lives - and they deserve much credit for the Tom Sadge business. They are now grown and very successful in their own right.

Self-Employment - Risky!
Being self-employed is a high-wire, risky business. Your income is never guaranteed. Some months are "feast" and some are "famine". The overhead is daunting and only self -employed people get that. Yet there are benefits: a couple will either grow closer or farther away, and we have grown closer over four decades after weathering the bumps. Except for professional travel, which I occasionally engaged in with Tom, we work side by side daily from our home office. Tom and I make both business and personal decisions together, as a team. Often our work day ends at 4am. But, on the up side, there are whole days we can spend with our children and grandchildren, which we are helping to raise as our children pursue careers. We can stop work in the middle of the day to go for a walk or drive together. - which we frequently do. This type of freedom helps to balance out the down side.

Show Business Highs and Lows
The nature of the entertainment business means you meet a lot of people from all walks of life. Most are interesting, appreciative, considerate, respectful and even encouraging. But, as any public figure's wife (or husband) can attest, you also meet your fair share of obsessed groupies and fans who can, without proper boundaries set by the celebrity himself / herself, become quite intrusive - even invasive and dangerous. The worst? The "Gal Fridays", the new, or relatively new, "best friends" and those who claim to only want friendship and to "help your career" as an excuse to remain close, physically and mentally, to the celebrity. These types are a dime a dozen, as any celebrity wife / long-time companion knows. On occasion, they can even be dangerous.

I write on a regular basis, love to draw, and always have. One of my dreams has always been to write and illustrate a book. I hope to entertain readers with stories taken right from my experiences in life and in behind-the-scenes show business. The book may never happen, but a blog already has - ti's been online since 1999. That said, my biggest dream has already been achieved: to be a wife and mother. I am grateful for each "normal" day and what it brings. And for every night when nothing "bad" has fallen on those I love - or like. That is especially true as time marches on.

Retirement: COVID19 has taken it's toll on many people and businesses. "Tom Sadge" , the business - has been officially retired from the entertainment business. But it's not over until it's over - we have future plans for other endeavors. Stay tuned!



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