Amy Guth tagged me with the "Eight Things About Me" meme, so here goes!
1. I like the Mamas and the Papas. Got a problem with that?
2. One of my childhood heroes was New York Yankee slugger Lou Gehrig. I felt like he wasn't appreciated enough because his teammate Babe Ruth got all the press.
3. When I was a kid, my favorite baseball position to play was third base-- probably because Ron Santo, my favorite Cub player, played at this position.
4. I enjoy biographies a lot. On deck for my reading list is a biography of General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., the son of President Teddy Roosevelt. He was the first general ashore on D-Day, despite a bad heart and arthritic knees. If you've ever seen the movie "The Longest Day," his character was played by Henry Fonda. His leadership in the Normandy landing is credited with averting a near disaster, and was cited by General Omar Bradley as the bravest act he'd ever witnessed as a soldier.
5. I'm not a big "car guy," but if someone decided to give me a 1965 Ford Mustang, I wouldn't turn it down...
6. I read newspapers backward-- I read each section from back to the front, going to the beginning of stories that look interesting to me. I have no idea when I started doing this or why.
7. Though I'm a total peacenik, I'm fascinated with the military and miltary history. I particularly enjoy military aviation museums. My son Adam has inherited this trait from me. On Memorial Day, we went to the Chanute Air Museum at the old airbase in Rantoul, Illinois.
8. One of my favorite artists is Jacob Lawrence. His most famous paintings are his "Migration" series, a sixty-painting history of the "Great Migration" of blacks from the American South to Northern cities around the time of World War I. In 1994, the Chicago Historical Society was able to gather up all sixty paintings, which are now in various collections or owned by individuals, in an exhibition. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life.