9 January 2022
Hi! 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!
Stolen from "How
Far Will You Go?"
1. What was the warmest welcome you’ve ever received?
I'm not sure, but it might have been the meeting we had with Walt's mother's
cousin, Nora, who met us at our hotel when we arrived in Dublin and helped us
see the area and meet her family. She also hosted us a few times on
additional trips to Ireland.
2. What was the best thing about your youth?
Well, I loved high school, so that might be the best thing. I loved riding
the cable car to school every morning. In grammar school years, probably
the best thing was the Brownies/Girl Scout groups I was in. We did a lot
of wonderful things.
3. Who is the most interesting person you’ve ever met.
It would be one of two people. First, Gilbert Russak, the musical director
of The Lamplighters Musical Theater, and my good friend. He was interested
in everything, read everything and could talk about everything. He died in
1986. Second would be
actor, director, and radio personality. Like Gilbert, Stephen seems to
know everything and is fascinating to listen to.
4. What is the least you’ve ever worn in public?
a bathing suit (one piece; not bikini)
5. What was the worst vacation you ever took?
I can't think of any bad vacation I've ever had, though some of the trips Mike
Blackford took us on, many miles without pavement, to many ghost towns, might
qualify. There were PARTS of a vacation that qualify as the worst,
when Ned fell out of a tree and broke his leg as we were on our way to see Mount
Rushmore. Being at Rushmore and then the trip back home was pretty awful.
6. What room in your home do you spend the most time?
7. Who made the strongest first impression on you?
Perhaps Georgia Griffith,
who was blind and deaf and ran one of the most popular forums on CompuServe.
We were with her in DC when she was honored by the Smithsonian Museum for her
contribution to information technology for the handicapped.
("Handicapped" was her preferred term...she frequently said "I'm not disabled;
I'm handicapped, like in golf.")
Georgia with (then) Ohio Senator Mike DeWine
8. What was the most surprising action you’ve ever taken.
Deciding to travel by myself to visit my friend Peggy in Australia for six weeks.
It was the
only time I've ever traveled internationally without Walt, but Peggy and I had
been like Thelma and Louise when she was here in California and wanted to
9. When was your life most out of control?
Probably after son Paul died.
10. What would you be best at, were you to change careers?
I'm retired, so don't think in terms of "careers." At my age, the things I
was best at are slipping away anyway.
11. What is the cruelest thing a person has ever said to you?
"I used to think you were smart."
12. What is the best thing you ever won as a prize?
A one-way cruise from San Francisco to Los Angeles, 5th prize in an essay
contest I entered in high school.
13, What is your strongest argument against capital punishment?
With all the hearings that have to go on before someone can be executed, it's
more expensive to kill someone than to keep them in prison for life, without
possibility of parole. And I would think that having to stay in jail for
the rest of your life would be more painful than the quick execution. It
amazes me that a friend of mine, who is strongly anti abortion because you can't
take a human life, is strongly in favor of capital punishment. Also there
are too many people executed whom we later learn were innocent.
14. What have you been most ignorant about in life?
Anything that has to do with forms or finance I'm terrible with. Walt
takes care of all of our finances.
15. Where would you most hate to be pierced?