LP : Is there a favorite book you identify with?
TC : Jack Londons Call of the Wild. It was my favorite
book as a kid. It planted the seed of wanderlust in me.
Q : Your favorite decade?
A : Easy, the 60s. It was an exciting, vibrant period. Great
music coming out of Motown and the incredible social interest. Nothing has come close to it since. I was a starry eyed
teenager just watching it all happen.
Q : Do yo have a word or phrase that you find yourself,
or others, using that does not make sense?
A : I don't use it, but the word blosure' drives me nuts.
Also the rampant abuse of the word hopefully. I wait hopefully for someone to use it correctly.
Q : Your earliest childhood memory?
A : That goes way back, around 1953 and the cornfields
of Ohio. I was stretched out on the grass in our huge backyard at twilight, watching the stars pop out. I don't know
where I was, or how I got there, but I was happy to be there.
It was beautiful. What a way to start a life.
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'hotos by Pin Lim and Walter Coreas
Q : Funniest word?
A : I have to say cb'. (For reasons of decency, the word
cannot be printed).
Q : If you could live life all over again, what are some of
the things that you would not do?
A : Now theres a category thats overflowing the wagon. I
wouldn't have only one child, I'd have two, maybe even
Q : Can you name all jobs that you have held?
A : All of them? Does that include hoeing that garden as
a kid? My first job was a summer job working for the city in
Ohio when I was 16. Then the Marines, a civil service job
welding in Galveston at Ft. Point, then 23 years as a union
iron worker building towering skyscrapers and graceful
bridges all across America, from L.A. to Washington, DC and
just about every city in between. I was a night watchman the
for two years back in college. That was a great job, working
the midnight shift, doing homework and walking under the
moon and stars taking a break from studying.
Q : Can you name all the places you have been? I've
been to a lot of places, more than most people, but less than
many others. Its easier to break it down into continents. I
haven't been to Africa, Australia or Antarctica, but I am hitting Africa and Australia after I graduate. [Its] a present to
myself for staying in college and getting a degree in
Journalism. The Antarctica will probably remain unseen. I
Q : What is the most memorable food that you
would like to eat again?
A : That would have to be Thanksgiving dinner when I was a kid. My mom was the greatest
cook that ever lived. It was a feast fit for a king, or
a scrawny kid with a bottomless stomach.
Q : If you should die today and were to go to
heaven, what do you think God would say to you
when you see him at the Pearly Gates?
A : I'd like to think He'd say, "We've been
expecting you" But he'd probably ask, "What are
you doing here?".
Q : What other jobs would you like to sink
your hands into?
A : I think being a Forrest Ranger would be an
ideal job, and maybe teaching teenagers. I think
that could be a real adventure.
Q : In your opinion, who is the most beautiful,
A : Thats easy, my Rainy Day Woman and
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Macho Macho Man
Carpenter climbs a scaffold while looking smart in one of
the many buildings he has worked on. He has developed a
gut of steel after twenty years as a construction worker.
I am not Clark Kent
Carpenter at ground zero in El Salvador after the devastating earthquakes. A relief worker explains about medical
and food supplies coming in from the UN.
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