A. journalist, merchant seaman, bookstore manager, clam and oyster shucker, crab cooker,
A. defense reporter
A. Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda MD, North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston Salem NC, University of Texas at Dallas
A. Cab Calloway
A. It's not an adventure, it's a job.
A. Never let the facts get in the way of a good story!
A. Having my daughter running up to me yelling ""Dadda!"
A. Becoming a Hack
A. Right here in Dallas is fine to be honest, though I'm starting to miss Prague
A. Either Mel Blanc or Groucho Marx
A. Lou Reed
A. Gauleiter, quadruplet, goat glands, Jeste jedno kaficko, a sodovku, prosim
A. not joining the foreign legion
A. Getting publicly denounced at a banquet by the Vice Chief of Naval Operations (surface warfare) who didn't realize I was there
A. Endless curiosity
A. A Turtle
A. My sense of humor
A. George Smiley
A. I would love to meet Charlemagne so I could tell him; "Ultimately you were successful. It just took a lot longer than you thought."
A. Bullies, know-it-alls, Alpha-dogs, bad tippers
A. Cooking, drawing, raking leaves,
A. Producer for This American Life
A. Kindness, trustworthiness, finishing what you start
A. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
A. Friend of the Devil, Vaseline Machine Gun, Beware Brother Beware, Wild Horses, Fairytale of New York
A. After bombing out of Art School, I went to work on a tugboat hauling oil rigs around the Gulf of Mexico. It left me a lot of time of read and during that time I read Inside the Third Reich by Albert Speer. It was all extremely interesting, but what put the hook in me was his description of being in Flensburg in the days immediately after the fighting had stopped. In particular Speer mentioned two very bizarre things: how he and Werner Baumbach planned to take a flying boat and fly away to Greenland where they would hunt walrus, and fish and write their memoirs together. Speer also mentioned having the United States Strategic Bombing Survey come visit him and how they staged a faux-collegial "University of Bombing" in order to get him to spill his guts about how he kept the German war maching working despite all the unending Allied bombing campaigns. This put the hook in me and I decided to learn all I could about this very oddball moment in history.