I went to this school (Grass Hill School). My first day of school was in this building and my teacher was Goldie Snow. She was a terror. She instilled fear into people who had never met her. A lot of the students who went here will remember her fondly, but I feared her. She started teaching in the forties and retired when I was in the second or third grade.
If we were in the building I could take you to the exact spot when the teacher put the phone down and said “students, the president has been killed.” This is where I was when Kennedy was shot. I could take you upstairs and put you within a foot of where I was. One of those things you remember.
Photography is a big part of my life. And it's included in just about everything I do. I love European travel. A couple of weeks ago I went to the Queen’s funeral. It was hundreds of thousands of people, all very respectful. There was lots of crowd control. Everyone was good spirited. I also went to Will and Kate’s wedding a number of years ago. And I will probably fly to King Charle’s coronation. I went and spent a weekend in Dublin, just because I’ve never been to Ireland. I took a bus over to Galway. Then in November of 2019, a bucket list trip! I went to Poland. I also went to Stone Henge on the Summer Solstice. It was just a happy celebration.
I love to cook. I will try just about anything. Currently I am in love with Vivian Howard, who is a chef, author and host of a PBS cooking show. She cooks North Carolina coastal food and puts kind of a contemporary spin on it. I’ve got two of her books. I actually went to Kingston, North Carolina and ate at her restaurant. That was fun.
I've been into music forever, listening and playing. I listen to music after dinner every night when I’m relaxing. I put my headphones on and listen to a CD in its entirety. I love Diana Krall. Alan Broadbent recently released an album of Dave Brubeck songs. And of course, the Beatles. That’s a given. But I usually have jazz playing in my house. I have keyboards I like to play around with. I also play the electric bass. That’s what I like to do.