Meet Your Neighbor

John Saroyan - Bob White Lane

Who is the most ‘famous’ person you know or know of in Norwich? 

Wendy Thompson, aka “Ms T.” Children and adults appear at her door every October 31 and recite poetry.

What fictional place would you like to visit? 
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Which “real” place would you like to visit? 
Bitlis and Malatya, Turkey, birthplace of my paternal and maternal grandparents.

What skill would you like to master? 
Playing the fiddle

What would be your first question after waking up from a 100-year sleep? 
What’s for breakfast?

What is your ideal way to spend a weekend in Norwich? 
At home, in the woods behind our house, napping, playing music, eating.

What is the best way to start the day? 
An early-morning Norwich run

To which organization or person/group do you donate your time or other resources regularly? 
Norwich Nursery School, Marion Cross, Valley Terrace, The Haven

What weird food combinations do you enjoy? 
I’m coming up short on this one. I like just about anything for lunch or dinner with bulgur rice, but that’s not considered weird anymore.

What’s the last book you read? Did you like it, love it, or were you just happy to be done with it? 
Becoming by Michelle Obama... loved it!

What was cool when you were younger, but not now? 
Los Angeles

What is your favorite movie from childhood? 
Return of the Jedi

What is your motto in life? 
Carpe diem.

Does your life have a ‘theme song;’ if so, what is it? 
Chariots of Fire theme by Vangelis 

If someone gave you $1,000 right now, what would you spend it on? 
Running shoes and running apparel

If you could save or protect one animal, plant, or part of our earth, which would it be? 
Eastern Kentucky

If you could only eat at one local restaurant for the rest of your life, which one would it be? 

What did you want to be when you grew up? 
An actor

If you could be invisible for one day, where would you be? 
The White House

If you could have one super-human power, what would it be? 
Time travel

If you could have dinner with any famous person (alive or dead) who would it be? 
Ellen DeGeneres

In general, do you follow or break the rules? 
Follow. Always!

What’s your most energizing dream/vision of your future? 
All-town snow-angel making on the Norwich Green after the next big snowfall


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