Meet your neighbor
Today the Spokesman interviews writer Warren C. Easley.
Q: How long have you lived/worked in WV?
A: 21 years
A: Wife, three children and three grandchildren
Q: What's the most questionable hair style/fashion you've donned in your life?
A: Oh, good God. I'll just say, when I was in highschool, flat-tops were in fashion but my hair would never cooperate, so I just gave up in disgust.
Q: What's your favorite travel destination?
A: The Swiss Alps. I love to ski, and I lived there for seven years. But I love Oregon too. My second favorite place is right here.
A: I have met Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and didn't meet but had a close encounter with Lyndon Johnson, all kind of happenstance. I ran into Jimmy Carter when I was taking my 10-year-old son and a whole van full of kids to the Air and Space museum and that was the day that he decided to bring his family to the museum and we wound up going through it together. I ran into Lyndon Johnson back when I was a scientist at an American Physical Society meeting where he gave an impromptu speech during the Vietnam War and it was a very tense encounter. And then I just shook hands once with Bill Clinton.
Q: What's your biggest phobia?
A: I do not like spiders of any shape or form.
Q: What are you reading right now?
A: I'm reading the "Secret Life of Trees" right now. It's great.
Q: Among your friends and family, what are you known for?
A: Well, I'd have to say that I'm Pop-Pop to my grandkids, so I'm known as a very active grandfather.
Q: What's your most useless talent?
A: Probably talking too much.
A: "Hey Jude" by the Beatles.
Q: Which table did you sit at in the high school cafeteria?
A: I was a jock. I played football, basketball, track and baseball.
Q: What's the stupidest purchase you ever made?
A: It might be the pool table that we have, because we've never used it. It's down where I write, but it's also really good because I use it as a flat surface to put stuff on. It is pretty useful, I guess, in that sense.
Q: Who would portray you in the movie of your life?
A: There's been some interest in some of my books for screenplays and they've asked me who I would want to play Cal, my protagonist, and I've been accused of this guy somewhat resembling me, but I would have to say that who I thought of for Cal would be Harrison Ford in the movie "The Witness," but no other Harrison Ford. I love that movie and thought that he was so great in it.
Q: What superhero do you most identify with?
A: Mighty Mouse! I don't know. I never really got into the whole superhero thing, even though I read a lot of comics.
A: We were living in South Carolina and we came here to look at houses because I had a job offer here and we had just looked at the house that we ended up buying and we went down to Memorial Park and parked there and Kate, who was 5, jumped out and ran over to the monkey bars and went across them, and Marge (my wife) and I were standing there watching her, and the park was just so beautiful. Watching our daughter go across the monkey bars, we said, 'You know, this is a pretty nice place. Maybe we should think seriously about the house that we just looked at.' We've been here 21 years in the same house.
Q: What's your number one bucket list item?
A: My wife and I would love to go to New Zealand... and to go hiking there.
Q: If I could have one item on a deserted island, it would be . . . ?
A: It would have to be music. If it was one book, you would read it quickly and that would be it, but if I had music —and on my iPod I have eight days of music — I would have eight days of music.