A. Oshkosh High, University of Wisconsin, Parson's School of Design
A. The National Basketball Association
A. Love, children, beauty, fun, fear, sadness, resolve, industry
A. your life is what your thoughts make it- Marcus Aurelius
A. Wow- You ask the easy ones. My children are small enough that we can all sleep together in our king size bed. My wife, my ten year old, my six year old, my huge German Shepard and all three cats. I always sleep so well those nights. It's an ancient vignette, and repeated all over the world in every country and every culture.
A. Collapsing in the street of New York City. Thwe wierd thing is, that's probably the safest place. Everyone would rush to help you.
A. Right here. If you could look out my window now at dawn over snowy mountains, you'd agree...
A. I enjoy Winston Churchill, I admire harry Truman because he spent his twenties behind a plow (sorta like George in "It's a Wonderful Life") I admire these guys, but I more identify with the common man of every era.
A. My wife, Ruth.
A. Go ask your mother...
A. I have three, I'm not telling, two don't matter, so I'll quote Sanatra on that.
A. I'd like to have perfect vision. I'm blind in one eye and need trifocals for the other....
A. My children
A. My self absorption.
A. You'd have to ask someone else, but I'd say my optimism, although it's a bit bruised at times. Then I spend time with my kids, or helping others, or just go for a walk in nature.
A. I don't spend a lot of time thinking like that. But it would be cool to be a dolphin. I see them a lot when I'm out surfing. They are so free.
A. Youthfulness, not to say immaturity...
A. John Carter of Mars. I was infallible and his sword wove a web of steel before him.
A. Hairy Potty
A. When I was twenty, I had an unfinished top floor loft on Fifth Avenue in New York. There wasn't any heat or water at night, but I had seventeen giant windows with beautiful views of the city. I would imagine Leonardo Da Vinci would visit. There were rules. He could come anytime, but only stay in the loft and never leave it’s footprint. He would marvel at the city outside the windows, read my books and watch television. This was before the internet… I would tell him all about our modern world. He, in turn, would talk about his time and his assessment of our civilization. We had no money in those days, and entertainment was a two dollar six pack of Ballentine Ale and sitting on the windowsill watching the sun set over the skyline. We spent hours together in my imagination.
A. Well, of course I draw, but after spending the first third of my life as a bookish geek, I enjoy nature and individual sports such as Surfing and Skiing.
A. Never thought about it. Starship captain, I guess.
A. Honesty, humility, competence
A. Spaghetti and meatballs, of course.
A. Go, by the Replacements- never heard that one, I bet. It's let's say, passionate. I don't know. My daughter's six and she likes ABBA so yeah, me too. And I like "Fields of Gold" I know, corny. If you can find the 12" 45 of go, play it at max volume, then follow it with Eva Cassidy's cover of "Fields of Gold", well that's pretty much my life story right there.
A. Barbara Tuchman, William Manchester, David McCullough, John LeCarre, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dr. Seuss, Mo Willams, Maurice Sendak.
A. A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman. The Last Lion by William Manchester (his riveting bio of Churchill volumes one and two... he died before he could publish volume three. While he was sick, he turned out the short and excellent "A World Lit Only by Fire", a peek into the Middle Ages. Then there's his "Goodbye Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War". Oh, here I go. Just count the first, the Churchill books. Next would be "The Great Gatsby" by Fitzgerald. I dodged this one in high school. When my dad was convalescing after a recent illness, I wheeled him out under a shade tree on the hospital grounds and read to him. We read Huck Finn, bad mysteries, and this book. I was thrilled by the brilliant and precise use of language. Everything was just right, just perfect. And it was a fine experience, there in the shade, with the breeze, in the summer, with my dad.
A. I’ve worn out my Steinberg books, but they are all pictures. I’d say all of the above.
A. Don’t get precious, revise and build.
A. "I have a dog!"