- This article is about the writer Rob Thomas. For other people with this name see Rob Thomas .
'Rob Thomas (born August 15, 1965 in Sunnyside, Washington) is an American author, producer, and screenwriter, best known as the author of the 1996 novel Rats Saw God and creator of the critically acclaimed television programs Veronica Mars and Party Down.
Education and early career
Thomas graduated from San Marcos High School
in 1983 and went to Texas Christian University
on a football
scholarship. He eventually graduated from the University of Texas at Austin
in 1987 with a BA in History.
Before he began writing novels for young adults, Thomas taught high-school journalism
at John Marshall High School in San Antonio
, and advised the University of Texas at Austin student magazine. From August 1993 to June 1995 he worked for Channel One News
, an experience which informed his 1998 novel Satellite Down
. Thomas was a member of three Austin, Texas
bands — Public Bulletin, Hey Zeus, and Black Irish — from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s.
Thomas's first television writing credit came on a 1996 episode of Cartoon Network
's Space Ghost Coast to Coast
. He next wrote the script that would eventually become the 1999 film Fortune Cookie
. Based on the script, he was offered a job on the writing staff of Dawson's Creek
during the show's first season. After reading the same script, then-president of Sony Entertainment
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