9 February 2014
Put your music player of choice on shuffle and list the first song
"When the Idle Poor Become the Idle Rich" from Finnian's Rainbow.
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be
and why? Would you take anyone with you?
How about an air conditioned villa in the south of France, with a staff to take care
of the place and nothing to do but lounge around by the pool, read, eat gourmet food.
Must have internet access. If you want to go with me, you have to be a couch
potato. Anybody else might want to do something like, you know, walk or
something (Come to think of it I have access to a place like that in
Bali...but it means dealing with Dr. G again and I think I'm better off not doing that.)
What is your preferred writing implement? (eg. Blue pen, pencil,
A black Sharpie ultra fine point, unless I'm writing in a notebook when I use some
sort of roller ball, which does not bleed through the paper.
When did you go on your first trip alone (without your parents)?
Wow. I don't remember. Probably a flight to Los Angeles when I was in
Do you have connections to any celebrities (even minor)? List them.
Hmmm. Well, of course the incomparable Jim Brochu (actor, playwright) and
fantastic singer/songwriter Steve Schalchlin, and I have met, though don't really have
connection to: Judy Garland, Carol Channing, Theodore Bikel, Marge Champion, Piper
Laurie (the last 4 met through Steve & Jimmy), the guy who played the lawyer in Deathtrap
on stage (we had coffee with him after the performance in San Francisco--he was a friend
of a friend and had invited us to come backstage after the show)[Update:
Walt reminds me this was George Ede]. Then there are authors David Gerrold,
D.C. Fontana (had dinner with her and David one night before a class at Pepperdine),
Harlan Ellison (David took me to his house once), there is an actor in a TV series out of
?Hong Kong whose real name is Joel Lee, but who uses another stage name. He used to be a
member of Lawsuit. Josh Holloway is a father in Brianna's old nursery school and I
had to squeeze by him to get to a dessert table at her graduation--does that count? And a
host of people from the Lamplighters who went on to bigger and better things (thinking of
Jane Hammett, who traveled with Phantom of the Opera for several years in the
role of Carlotta and Trisha Gooch, who performed with San Francisco's Beach Blanket
Babylon for several years) and all the name players who have been associated with The
Last Session (e.g, Tony-nominated Bob Stillman) over the years. Radio man Tony Kahn
of "Says You" fame, for whom I did some transcrition (his Blacklisted
is a riveting story of the McCarthy era, and how it affected his family). And of course,
my favorite Gilbert & Sullvan patterman John Reed who kissed me
at the 2nd annual G&S Festival in Buxton, England. Also opera director Laurie Feldman
whom we have known since she was a little kid; and up-and-coming director Rachel Blackburn, whom I
have also known since she was a little kid (she's Gilbert's great niece). I know
there more, but those are off the top of my head.
Name 3 items you could pick up from where you are.
To the left, the TV remote; to the right, a book of postcards from Sevastopol
(Ukraine); in front of me, a jeweled gecko.
How would you describe your sense of humor?
Do you ever play board games or other non-computer games? Got any
Love board games, but it's difficult to find someone to play. Of course our
favorite was the card tgame 65, which we played at my mother's in the good old days.
I also remember enjoying Risk, Monopoly, Scrabble (now I do Word with Friends) and
Trivial Pursuit. I also enjoy "Mexican train" as long as the train whistle
A musical artist you love that isnt well known.
Steve Schalchlin, of course. (The video is a must-see for animal lovers)
A musical artist you love that is well known.
Judy Garland, John Denver
What is your desktop background currently?
My favorite picture of Tom with the girls in 49er regalia...it's old now; I must
choose a new one.
Last person you talked to, and through what you talked to them
I actually had a very nice chat with my mother when I visited her yesterday. I
told her about the book I am reading "Upstairs at the White House" and we talked
about FDR and Truman. Almost like the old days.
What do you carry your money in?
My wallet inside my purse.
What timekeeping devices are in the room you are currently in?
The clock on my computer, my cellphone, a Simpsons analog clock that hasn't worked in
years (needs batteries), and a clock from Australia set to Australia time (a gift from
Peggy many, many years ago)
What kind of headphones do you use?
I don't use headphones, but have in-the-ear ear buds (the ones that actually go in
the ear canal, not the ones that come with your iPhone.
What musical artists have you seen perform live?
Judy Garland, Lawsuit, Barbra Streisand (before she was famous. She
was the opening act), the Kingston Trio, Sandler and Young, Neil Diamond, Joel Grey, Nat
King Cole, Steve Schalchlin...probably more.
How often do you clear your browser history?
I think I've done it once.
Whats the best job youve ever had?
Private secretary for 3 professors in the Physics Department at UC Berkeley.
Whats the worst job youve ever had?
Transcriptionist for a psychiatrist, the only non-family member of the office staff,
which made me the person everyone could be angry with when they were really angry
with someone in the family. I started out loving that job, ended up hating it.
Not surprisingly, at a moment of great family tension, I was fired.
What magazines do you read, if any?
I am not a magazine reader. For some reason, I can read a 1000 page book and
love ever bit of it, but a 3 page article in a magazine makes me impatient and I rarely