WHAT DO YOU DO, AND HOW LONG HAVE YOU DONE IT? I am the senior policy consultant for Shape Up RI and four other wellness or education organizations. All of them help people im-prove their health or their mind. This is my third year heading my own firm and I feel good about every minute I spend at work.
IF YOU’RE NOT A NATIVE, WHERE WERE YOU BEFORE YOU GOT HERE? I came from Detroit, a city that could use of the billions being spent in Iraq. I arrived 30 years ago this December.
WHAT WERE YOU DOING 30 YEARS AGO? I was the executive director of Harmony Park. It was the largest neighbor hood rehab project in Detroit, Michigan.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING 30 YEARS FROM NOW? Walking on College Hill and around London with a silver-tipped cane that is more for show than balance.
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT? Being fondly thought of as a Rhode Island historian and a wellness and civil rights advocate.
FAVORITE THING ABOUT RHODE ISLAND? The Arcade; Little Compton; College Hill; Watch Hill; Block Island and WaterFire. Did you say to name just one?
LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT RHODE ISLAND? The way most people drive.
COFFEE MILK OR DEL’S? Coffee milk to be washed down with Scituate water.
ANY ANECDOTES INVOLVING THE NEWPAPER OR PROVIDENCE PHOENIX? It is part of my weekly existence to read the Providence Phoenix every Thursday morning at 7:30 am.
FAVORITE LOCAL DISH? Almost any sea food dish at the Cooke House on Bannister’s Wharf in Newport.
IF YOU DIDN’T LIVE HERE, WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO LIVE? In London in Virginia Woolf’s Bloomsbury neighborhood near the British Library.
FAVORITE FORMER PAWSOX PLAYER? Sam Horn, the greatest player ever on that team.
WHAT BAR/RESTAURANT/LANDMARK/PERSONALITY THAT HAS CEASED TO EXIST IN THE LAST 30 YEARS DO YOU MISS THE MOST? Robb Dimmick and I took James Baldwin to the Blue Point in part of the space now occupied by Mills Tavern. It had a grand little bar and elegant tight booths and Parisian sidewalk tables. I loved the Blue Point.
PHILLIPE OR JORGE? God put them here to entertain the good amongst us and to pursue the evil folks.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I’VE NEVER BEEN TO . . . The Gamm Theatre. And I should go to the opera and PPAC more often.
FAVORITE PLACE TO GET AWAY FROM IT ALL FOR A MOMENT OR TWO? St. Stephen’s Church on the Brown University campus to pray for my ancestors.
YOUR MOST MEMORABLE [OR HALF-FORGOTTEN] NIGHT OUT IN THE LAST 30 YEARS? Flying to Oregon with Rajiv Kumar to be with 84,000 people to hear Barack Obama’s historic speech in the Mile High Stadium. It was grand.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PORTRAYAL OF RHODE ISLAND ON TELEVISION, IN A MOVIE, OR IN A BOOK?Benefit Street by David de Jong, a gossipy book about old-line Anglo-Saxon families.
WHAT’S ON YOUR WIENERS? I am a vegetarian and so it is a soy dog with lots of mustard and onions.
IF YOU COULD HAVE THREE RHODE ISLANDERS [LIVING OR NOT] OVER FOR DINNER, WHO WOULD THEY BE? The late George Bass, who was head of Rites and Reasons at Brown University, Antoinette Downing, the famed historic preservationist, and the former president of Brown, Vartan Gregorian, who is one of the brightest men on the planet.
ASK YOURSELF A QUESTION AND ANSWER IT. “Could I get elected Secretary of State the next time it is vacant?” Yes — if I don’t have to run against a millionaire.
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