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5 Things You Probably Don't Know About Me

Question_markCurses to Jim Minatel and David Meerman Scott for pulling me into this blogging chain letter.  In the interest of being a good sport though, here are 5 things you probably don't know about me:

  1. I'm not a native Hoosier, although I've lived here long enough to feel like I was born here.  I was actually born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, left home to attend Purdue University and never wound up going back.
  2. I was a programmer/systems analyst in a former life.  I worked on a couple of different point-of-sale systems at NCR in Dayton, OH back in the 1980's.  I couldn't see myself slinging code for the next 30 years, hence the career change.
  3. I always have been, and will forever be, a huge fan of '70's music (which Jim often makes fun of me for).  Let's face it...Led Zeppelin, The Who and Lynyrd Skynyrd (to name a few) are timeless.  Do you really think anyone will be listening to Justin Timberlake 30 years from now?!
  4. I used to play the drums.  Mostly high school and garage band stuff, but I enjoyed every minute of it.  I'm delighted that my son also got the bug and is already about ten times better at it than I ever would have been.
  5. I own a horse.  Well, technically, even though I might have bought it, my wife and daughter are the ones who ride it.  They get loads of enjoyment out of it, which makes it worth every penny.

OK, now it's time to drag other victims into this game: Cecil Vortex, Mike Banks, Gary Varvel, Mike Miller and Jay Height, tag, you're it!


Katie W.

The Who DO RULE! I might be only 25 but I've been loving The Who for ages and am attending my second Who concert this year for my birthday! Woo Who! (I was fortunate enough to catch their last US tour while John was still alive, quite a few years ago. It's going to be sad not seeing him up there with Pete and Roger in February. But it will still be Mr. Windmill and Mr. Microphone-Thrower, so I have no complaints.)

And no one will be listening to Justin Timberlake in 30 years. We will all still be listening to The Who.

And Bruce Springsteen. Who is God.


I already say Justin who? in 2007. Ugh. I too am lost in the 70s as far as my music tastes. My kids think I am nuts. Add some of these greats from the 70s - Santana, Doobie Brothers, Chicago, Pink Floyd, Mott the Hoople - oh how I could go on .... I am a native Burgher and most of the time wish I had left here when I had the chance so I can understand your never coming back here. You made the right decisions and have been truly blessed. Happy and healthy 2007 to you guys (and the horse!)

Michael A. Banks

Okay ... I'll elaborate on this in my blogs. But here are five things people didn't know about me:
1. You played drums? I played bass in a garage band and with R&B/jazz groups.
2. Before I started writing for a living, I worked a job that involved going to bars, though I don't drink.
3. I'm a total fan of The Kinks and The Who.
4. I ghost-wrote a novel by a very well-known science fiction writer (he was ill).
5. I was elected to public office, twice. No money in it, not for me, anyway.

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