28 February 2021
Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This
feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types
of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we
will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past
hosts include: Our first - Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all
of us thieves!
1. What is the farthest you have
To Perth, Australia, 9,304 miles
2. Who did you date while in high
I met Bill when I was 13 and we dated until he went into the Jesuits, when I was
in my junior year.
3. What is one of the worst trips
you've ever taken? What went wrong?
We have taken many camping trips with Char and Mike when our kids were little
and every one, at the time, was the worst trip, though in retrospect they
are fun memories to look back on. For one thing, Mike didn't believe in
paved roads, for another it always rained. Then there was running out of
gas on Pole Line Road where there are no cars and it's a schlep to the highway
to hitch hike to the next town to get gas.
4. How do you like to spend a lazy
The past year every day has been a lazy day, watching TV, reading, working on
the computer. Last night I was reading over
some entries from 2003,
each one, it seems, worse than the previous one. I earned these lazy days!
5. How old were you when you found
out that JFK had been assassinated? How did it affect you?
I was 20 and working in the Physics Department at UC Berkeley. Someone
came into my office and told me to turn on the radio and that Kennedy had been
shot. I remember hearing the news of his death and then leaving the
office, walking through campus and noticing there was no movement in this
normally very busy campus. Just little clumps of people standing together.
We were glued to the TV for several days -- it was the first time that there was
such coverage, I believe (now it's commonplace).
6. Who has been one of the most
important people in your life?
Gilbert Russak, the musical director of The
Lamplighters in San Francisco became my best friend and taught me so much
about so many things, in addition to classical music. He and I learned
computers together. In his death, he taught me about grief and grieving
and his death was big help when David died, 10 years later. I knew how to
help the rest of the family get through the grief. It was because of
Gilbert that I wrote a book.
7. What is one trait you would
most like to improve in yourself?
Procrastination. I'm an expert at it. I'd like to work on it...but
later. I have other things to do first.
8. Did you date someone in college?
I dated three guys in college before I started dating Walt.
9. What was your dream car?
I don't think of cars as dream cars. There was a time when I really wanted
a Land Rover but Walt wasn't interested. I also wanted a convertible and
we got one, and I discovered I really didn't like riding with the top down.
Now I just want a car with a stereo and air conditioning.
10. Did you have a family member
you wish you'd gotten to know better?
It seems strange to say my father's parents. We saw them at least once a
week, every week, throughout my childhood, but they were in vaudeville before my
father was born and my grandmother seemed embarrassed and would not talk about
it. How I would like to question both of them about it! He was the
tenor in a barbershop quartet and she was a dancer in the chorus line, but
that's all I really know.
11. Tell me about your greatest
gardening success. |
I am a great disappointment to my mother, who could, when she had her wits about
her, make a dry stick blossom. I turn blossoms into dry sticks. We
did have a garden one year or two after we moved to Davis. I remember our
zucchini got huge (and the kids hated zucchini -- I made a lot of zucchini
What was your Dad like when you were a child?
Happy when we was playing the piano, not so happy when he wasn't. He had a
mercurial temper and worked as a railway mail clerk, working the mail from San
Francisco to Los Angeles on the train.
13. What is the best job you've
I loved my job as secretary in the Physics Department. I was
secretary to 3 professors, one of whom retired and another of whom moved his
office from the campus to the rad lab, so I wasn't working for him any more.
I became private secretary to one professor. He and I had a great
friendship, which continued until his death a couple of years ago. He gave
a talk to some high school kids several years ago about escaping the Holocaust
and I am so glad that someone recorded it and
put it on YouTube.
14. What are your favorite songs?
I love songs from musicals, John Denver songs, Judy Garland songs, and Steve
Schalchlin songs (this is the song I
want played at my funeral).
15. If you could choose any
talents to have, what would they be?
I'd like to be more crafty, but it's probably good that I'm not because I would
spend a lot more money if I were. I'd like to do things like knitting or
crochet but I'm too uncoordinated. I never learned to crochet and my
knitting projects, many years ago, were disasters -- except for the kids'