The LuLac Edition #284, August 13th, 2007
PHOTO INDEX: 45 of "13 QUESTIONS" BY SEATRAIN.
We're starting a new feature here on the LuLac, it's called 13 questions, named after that obscure semi hit from 1971-72 by a group called Seatrain.
Every month on the 13th, I will answer 13 questions. When I was a sub in some school districts in the early 90s, every Friday I brought in this box with signage on the side that simply said, "ASK DAVE". It was an exercise only for Junior and Senior classes and the rule was they could ask me anything. Dangerous? A little bit, once we got past the scatalogical references and questions about who I would or not do in the actress world, the thoughts were pretty interesting. Anyway, since I get a lot of e mails and comments, I try to moderate most of them, there are questions I get that don't fit into a catagory. So, we made one, 13 questions on the 13th of the month. To participate in this, all you need do is send me an e mail at Yonkstur@aol.com or email@example.com and in the message line put 13 questions. And as Jackie Gleason used to say, "Away We Go".
1. IF YOUR GUY GORE DOESN'T RUN FOR PRESIDENT, WHO WOULD YOU GO WITH FOR THE DEMS?
2. IN YOUR ESTIMATION, WHO WAS THE MOST EFFECTIVE POLITICIAN LOCALLY IN YOUR LIFETIME?
THERE WERE A FEW, DAN FLOOD OF COURSE, HIS RECORD SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. SOME SAY IF HIS FRIEND GERALD FORD HAD BEEN RE-ELECTED IN 1976, THERE'D BE NO INVESTIGATION OF DAN. JUST A HUNCH THERE. WILLIAM SCRANTON SENIOR, ALL THROUGH MY LIFE HE WAS A PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER. HE JUST NEVER TOOK THE STEP AFTER 1964. JOE CORCORAN IN LACKAWANNA COUNTY, HE CAME WITHIN 2OO VOTES OF A 6TH TERM. AND FRANK CROSSIN, SENIOR WHO PULLED OFF ONE OF THE BIGGEST UPSETS IN DEMOCRATIC/LUZERNE COUNTY POLITICAL HISTORY. IN A FEW DAYS, WE'LL PUBLISH AN ARTICLE ABOUT THAT 1979 ELECTION OF CHANGE.
3. YOUR FAVORITE PLACES FOR PIZZA?
SERPICO'S (IT HELPS TO HAVE THE YOUNG WAITRESS SMILE AT ME)
ALFREDO'S, SERVICE IS SLOW, DO A TAKE OUT OF THE SQUARED.
GROTTO. CONSISTENT TASTE.
PIZZA BY PAPPAS. NOW ONLY IN SCRANTON, I LIVED ON THAT STUFF WHEN I WAS AT KING'S.
4. HOW DID YOU ACQUIRE YOUR LOVE FOR THE POLITICAL PROCESS?
MY DAD TOOK ME TO SEE JOHN KENNEDY'S MOTORCADE IN PITTSTON DURING THE 1960 ELECTION, I WAS SMALL BUT KNEW IT WAS IMPORTANT. THEN IN 1962, MY DAD TOOK ME TO A RICHARDSON DILLWORTH RALLY FOR GOVERNOR. I HAD AN UNCLE ON THE WYOMING AREA SCHOOL BOARD WHO TOOK ME TO MANY COUNTY FUNCTIONS AND ALL MY UNCLES AND DAD WOULD TALK POLITICS, FOOTBALL AND BASEBALL. IT STUCK.
5. ANY FUTURE POLITICAL FORUMS? WERE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE COUNCIL ONE?
TO ANSWER YOUR LAST QUESTION, YES, VERY SATISFIED WITH THE MEDIA COVERAGE, CANDIDATE INVOLVEMENT AND THE LOGISTICS OF IT. WE'RE WORKING ON SOME THINGS NOW BUT WE NEED A NON PARTISAN LOCATION AT A CHEAP PRICE.
6. SINCE YOU WRITE BOOKS, HOW COME YOU NEVER FOCUS ON POLITICS?
GOD WILLING, THAT'S IN THE WORKS.
7. COKE OR PEPSI, BURGER KING OR MCDONALD'S, LEMONAIDE OR LIMEAIDE, BOXERS OR BRIEFS?
COKE, MCDONALD'S FOR BREAKFAST, BURGER KING FOR THE JUNIOR WHOPPERS BUT I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT MASCOT IS FREAKING ME OUT, THE PLASTIC KING, I HAVE NIGHTMARES ABOUT HIM, LIMEAIDE AND NO COMMENT. ONLY MRS. LULAC AND GEENA DAVIS (IN MY DREAMS) KNOW FOR SURE.
8. HAVE YOU EVER SWITCHED PARTIES?
YEP, 1981 WHEN SOME PEOPLE WANTED ME TO RUN FOR MAYOR OF PITTSTON, 1987 WHEN I WORKED FOR THE COUNTY AND SWITCHED TO THE GOP, ONLY TO HAVE FRANK TRINICEWSKI SWITCH TO MY PARTY IN 1988, AND IN THE SPRING OF 2004 TO VOTE FOR ARLEN SPECTER AGAINST PAT TOOMEY. SWITCHED BACK TO THE DEMS BUT HAVE VOTED FOR EQUAL NUMBERS OF DS AND RS.
9. WHY DO YOU HATE PRESIDENT BUSH SO MUCH?
I DON'T. I JUST THINK HE WAS THE WRONG MAN FOR THE JOB. HE BOTCHED SO MUCH POLITICAL CAPITAL WORLDWIDE AFTER 911, IT IS TOTALLY UNFORGIVEABLE. I BELIEVE IT WILL TAKE ANOTHER 100 YEARS TO UNDO THE DAMAGE HIS ADMINISTRATION DID. I DON'T HATE. IT'S TOO EXHAUSTING.
10. EVERYBODY HAS A LIST OF FAVORITE PRESIDENTS, HOW ABOUT A LIST OF PEOPLE WHO NEVER MADE IT?
11. FAVORITE BOTTLED WATER?
12. FAVORITE LTN. GOVERNORS OF ALL TIME?
MALCOM WILSON, NEW YORK GOVERNOR ROCKEFELLER'S SECOND IN COMMAND FROM 1958 TO 1973, MIKE CURB OF CALIFORNIA AND ALSO THE MIKE CURB CONGREGATION, ILLINOIS' SAM SHAPIRO WHO LABORED UNDER OTTO KERNER, WILLIAM SCRANTON JUNIOR WHO DID VERY WELL UNDER THE PRESSURE OF THREE MILE ISLAND AND MARK SINGEL WHO INCURRED THE POLITICAL WRATH OF GOVERNOR CASEY FOR CHANGING HIS STANCE ON ABORTION.
13. WILL YOU TUBE INFLUENCE THE 2008 RACE FOR PRESIDENT?
IT ALREADY HAS, JUST ASK VIRGINIA'S GEORGE ALLEN.