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21 July 2019
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. Do you think the world will be a better or worse place 100 years from
Ask me again after the 2020 election.
2. Would you accept $1,000,000 to leave the country and never set foot in
LOL...again, ask me after the 2020 election!!!
3. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the body or
the mind of a 30 year old for the last 60 years of your life, which would
Watching my mother's brain gradually eaten away by Alzhemers (she will
be 100 in a month), my choice would definitely be the mind of a 30 year old.
4. What would constitute a “perfect” evening for you?
A good dinner at a nice restaurant and then home to relax with a night
of good TV. Alternately, an evening with the family (like we had in
Santa Barbara last week), with lots of good chit chat.
5. Whom do you admire most? In what way does that person inspire you?
I have two. For "celebrities" it would be Michele Obama, who, I
think, was a gracious, productive first lady who made a difference in the
country during her time in the White House, and is constructively living her
"retirement." For a "non-celebrity," my sister-in-law who is an
amazing woman who knows everyone, is comfortable in any situation, and who
has been a great "Auntie Nan" to our granddaughters. I wish I
had her ability to talk to strangers...or to anyone, really.
6. Do you prefer being around men or women? Do your closest friends tend to
be men or women?
Well, at this point in my life, I don't have many close friends, but the
ones I do have are women, though I get along fine with men as well.
7. If you could use a voodoo doll to hurt anyone you chose, would you?
I'm a nice person and would like to say I wouldn't hurt anyone, but if
there were a chance I could jab someone currently living in the White House,
I might give it a try.
8. What is your most treasured memory?
There are so many treasured memories, but the one that pops up whenever
I see this question is a celebration I arranged for an actress who was
retiring about 40 years ago. She had been performing with The
Lamplighters for years and nobody thought of doing anything to mark her
retirement, so I convinced th company to "do something." They did an
honor to her from the stage and then we went to the reception. I was
decorating cakes at the time and made 3 sheet cakes, each with a picture of
her in one of her most famous costumes. She never knew I made the
cakes and I don't think anybody else did either, but I get all warm
remembering how I felt standing back, watching people making over her and
her cutting those cakes and the big smile she had. I love that memory.
9. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life? Is there anything you
hope to do that is even better? (Let’s exclude raising children, if you
I am proud of having "made a difference." I think of all the
foreign students that I placed in homes with families and how many of them
had their lives changed as a result, in addition to those who stayed with us
whose lives were changed and who changed our lives. I am proud of
taking care of ~100 dogs who eventually found forever homes, and I'm proud
the book I wrote with my friend Alison Lewis...such a thrill to look
myself up in the Library of Congress, though very few people ever read it.
It's the sequel to
the book three of us wrote 10 years before.
10. If you went to a dinner party and were offered a dish you had never
tried, would you want to taste it, even if it sounded strange and not very
Oh, I'm such a wimp when it comes to "sounding strange and not very
appealing." I'm not sure how I would handle it. A taste, sure,
but eating it? I don't know. I still remember the night we went
to dinner at the home of friends and they were so pleased that they had made
an onion quiche for dinner (which was delicious). Walt HATES onions
but he ate everything they served him. I was proud of him that night!
11. Do your close friends tend to be older or younger than you?
About the same age, with just a few years one way or the other.
12. How do you feel when people sing Happy Birthday to you in a restaurant?
I hate it. I still remember when my mother took me to a Mexican
restaurant and I had to don a sombrero while the whole restaurant sang.
I wanted to die.
13. When you tell a story, do you often exaggerate or embellish it? If so,
Embellish slightly. If you tell the same story many times, you
have to make it interesting for yourself as well as for others.
14. If a friend were almost always late, would you resent it or simply allow
for it? Can you be allowed to be on time?
I have always been very strictly on time--comes from having a father who
worked on the railroad. Walt was always...always....late and
when we were dating, I had to make the decision about whether I could live
with his tardiness or not. Obviously I could, though he has gotten
much better over the past 54 years and I have gotten a little less strict
about being on time. My being a theater critic has made us both aware
of the importance of being on time.
15. If you could have free, unlimited service for five years from an
extremely good cook, chauffeur, housekeeper, or personal secretary, which
would you choose?
I didn't even have to think about it -- definitely a chef.