My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you've collected nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays. I don't know about you, but I'd like to make today worth remembering.” (Prof. Harold Hill in Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN).
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I'd like to meet rock 'n' roll pioneer Buddy Holly, and Abraham Lincoln. I'd tell Buddy not to get on that plane on February 3, 1959. And I'd tell Lincoln not to go to Ford's Theatre on April l4, l865.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I'd still like to be myself, but able to travel in time to wherever I wanted to be, so I could witness things and meet famous people out of history. But I guess my books allow me do that!
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. E-mails that are written in such haste that I can't understand what the person is saying. And e-mails that don't begin with "Dear Staton" or "Dear Ms. Rabin", and simply dive right in. Yes, I know I'm a bit old-fashioned.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Honesty and loyalty-- I hope.