Lynn Gold (figmo) wrote,
Lynn Gold

Five Questions meme

The Rules of the Meme
1 - Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2 - I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3 - You'll update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.
4 - You'll include this explanation.
5 - You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.

Questions from drewkitty:

1) Given your profession and your interests, what are your favorite AM/FM stations to listen to? What do you get out of listening that a layperson probably wouldn't "get" or realize?

Besides KLIV and KRTY, I listen to KCBS, KGO, KLLC ("Alice"), KFRC, KOIT, KSFO, KEZR, KBAY, KSJS, KFJC, and KDFC. When I listen, though, I don't always listen the same way most folks not in the broadcast profession listen. For example, I listen to KCBS primarily to compare what they're covering compared to what KLIV is covering; likewise for KGO during drive times. When I'm listening to KLIV, I'm listening to find out who's on and what's being covered. When I listen to KRTY, it's either to determine who's on (useful when I blank on a DJ's name when I'm working in the same building with them) or to dissect country song arrangements for my own use on my upcoming CD.

I'll also listen to KCBS, KGO, KOIT, KSFO, KEZR, and KBAY to determine who's on when (often suitable gossip material when someone I know suddenly appears where I didn't expect to hear them). I listen to KSJS when my friend Dennis is on, and I'll sometimes tune into KFJC or KDFC for sheer entertainment value.

2) What first drew you to science fiction, and how did your interest in science fiction lead you into science fiction fandom?

I can't remember not liking science fiction. When we were assigned to "read an adult-level book" in 6th grade, I chose War of the Worlds and enjoyed it thoroughly.

As to how I found fandom, actually fandom found me. I was The Guitarist for the Columbia University Marching Band (I tell folks "I was First String"). When I got my account on the school's student-accessible DEC-20 I needed fodder for practicing learning EMACS, so I used my song and parody lyrics. I saw no need to protect them against others.

Well, that month the folks running the computer decided to call attention to the top ten CPU users. Known as "TIC's Top Ten" ("TIC" was the initials of the head of User Services), nine of the ten were CS majors who all knew each other. The tenth was this unknown English major. Wondering who the hell she was, they all started looking through my unprotected files, liked what they saw, and started actively recruiting me into the CU Science Fiction Society.

For a while I resisted, fearing I'd spend all my time reading SF instead of my assignments. Eventually the guys wore me down, I spent all my time reading SF instead of my English assignments, and eventually switched my major to Computer Science.

3) As a working journalist, how much input do you feel you have into the content of your stories or the "slant" that the news you deliver takes?

A lot. I can choose which stories I do and don't run. I can rewrite a story that gushes about something being banned soon to one that warns folks who benefit from the about-to-be-banned substance to stock up on it. if I think a story is stupid and can get away with not running it, I won't run it.

Sometimes management will insist we run a story in every newscast. There I don't have a choice. Sometimes I don't mind running the story; in one case the story we were forced to run was effectively promoting the local appearance of a televangelist, and I found our heavy coverage of it very offensive (as did the other reporters I was working with that weekend).

What also gets awkward is when the assignment editor has an agenda he or she is pushing and I disagree with it. We have one who goes out of her way not to run any stories that involve homosexuality. Imagine a major AIDS story breaking; this gal will refuse to call the Billy DeFrank Gay and Lesbian Center because "they're a gay organization." I was shocked to come into the station last Wednesday and see no stories localizing the gay marriage issue. I counteracted his by finding a way of making it relevant to an audience beyond San Francisco.

I do, however, think it's my duty to present as objective a view of whatever story we're running as possible.

4) I know that people often use their LJ to vent, so please forgive if this question seems rude. What are the positive qualities and healthy aspects of your relationship with Warren?

Not at all. I adore this man. I find his cyst and its affect on him frustrating, and the complaints I do have about him all relate directly to it. He's got a warped sense of humor that's one step more warped than mine. For example, on 9/11 he said, "I need to put on a movie to relax myself." He then hit the play button; it was "Die Hard," and it was a scene involving terrorists and an airplane. Tonight he said he wanted to watch a movie to relax us and distract me from my inner ear infection; his choice was Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo."

He's wonderful with my dog. She adores him, and he adores her. He's a great caretaker overall, save for when he gets obsessive-compulsive (again, that's his cyst). Once he realized how sick I am right now, he started backing off. He's an "animal-person," as am I. He's also got a terrific speaking voice (see Lynn melt), and he's easy on the eyes, too.

Most important, I've known him for over nine years, and he has yet to bore me. We still keep each other enthralled with conversation, we still have things to learn from each other, and he still makes me laugh.

5) If you were abandoned on a desert island with the bare necessities, but were informed that you could bring only one (1) musical instrument or object, what would it be and why?

Hmmm...a graphite guitar with unbreakable strings. Anything electronic would lose its battery power. A guitar is polyphonic. It can play melody or accompaniment. A piano would be cool, but given where it was, I'd expect it to go out of tune. Pianos are hard to tune. Guitars are easier to tune.

Rainsong makes guitars out of graphite. Graphite doesn't warp, and it's not affected by changes in humidity. :-)

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