1. What did you want to be when you grew up as a child? Jamie Harold: I wanted to be a “Happy Manipulator”. Especially to sad people. My first identity was someone who could make my grandpa happy. (He lost his youngest son to cancer right before I was born) And then it became “Jamie can make people happy”, and that is what I wanted to become. Helen (Humphrey) Nothdurft: I’m pretty sure I wanted to be the first woman president! Laurie (Smith) Sparling: When I was a child I wanted to become a nurse. Lynn (Genshaw) Winn: I don’t remember wanting to be a teacher until I went to EIU, but my mother would tell me stories about how I would line up the younger neighborhood kids on the front porch of our house on West Vine and “teach” them math and English (I even made them “badges” for their accomplishments that they would stick on their shirts with Elmer’s glue...) Mark Clarke: A pro skateboarder!
2. What is something you’re embarrassingly bad at? Jamie Harold: I am embarrassingly bad at driving. I moved to Chicago at 16, then NYC at age 22. I can’t drive. Anyone from Taylorville, who’s been in a car with me driving, will tell you, I can’t drive. Helen (Humphrey) Nothdurft: That list is long, but I own it, not embarrassed, such as cooking and gardening. But the one that is embarrassing is pronouncing names (names of people/places/things). My family is always mking fun of me for that one! Laurie (Smith) Sparling: I used to be good at doing cart wheels. Now that I’m older I can’t get my legs off the ground to do one. Lynn (Genshaw) Winn: PARALLEL PARKING!!! I rocked it for my driving test back in 1979, and promptly lost my touch! I will drive miles out of the way to avoid having to parallel park!!! Mark Clarke: Golf! Just look in the dictionary and my pic is next to world’s worst at the game!
3. What is something that makes you feel like a kid again? Jamie Harold: Being in the woods. I loved nature as a kid. Watching Land of the Lost and Dark Shadows on Nic at Night. Helen (Humphrey) Nothdurft: Amusement parks, fireworks, and sledding int he winter. Of course, the next day after sledding I’m reminded I might still be a kid at heart, but my body not so much! Laurie (Smith) Sparling: What makes me feel lilke a kid again is going to the park and swinging. Feels so peaceful gliding through the air. Lynn (Genshaw) Winn: Eating a Dilly Bar from Dairy Queen makes me feel like a kid again! Mark Clarke: Riding rollercoasters or traveling to far away places with my best friend/wife. Life is short so live like today i syour last. It just might be.
4. What is the title of your life story? Jamie Harold: “I didn’t mean to be so lucky.” Helen (Humphrey) Nothdurft: “How the heck did I get here?” Laurie (Smith) Sparling: The title would be “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Lynn (Genshaw) Winn: “Life Is Too Short to Hold a Grudge” Mark Clarke: Run hard, play hard, grow big and wear glasses if you need them.
5. What do you think the meaning of life really is? Jamie Harold: Not letting anyone distract you from your purpose and doing it. I think each person has their own individual test to pass, to get to the next level. Helen (Humphrey) Nothdurft: Live...love...laugh! Laurie (Smith) Sparling: The meaning of life to me is God, family and love. Lynn (Genshaw) Winn: Hmmmmm...I think the meaning of life is to find what you’re good at and share that with others. Mark Clarke: I have two answers for this: A great movie from Monty Python Live without regrets, take chances, and don’t forget to tell the ones you love just that daily!