Each week, we offer an email Q&A with a local personality. Today, News-Gazette features editor Tony Mancuso chats with Carl Meyer, 73, of Champaign, the executive director of the Parkland College Foundation, which generates funds to award scholarships, finance economic development programs and contribute to the overall quality of life in East Central Illinois.
What time do you typically get up? What do you do the first hour of the morning?
I am up every morning at 5:30. I read several papers, work out and usually arrive to the office around 7.
What did you have for lunch today? Where? With whom?
I had soup and salad at the Champaign Country Club Men's Grill with Donald Dodds.
Best high school memory?
I started as a sophomore at North Baltimore High School on the varsity football team on both offense and defense.
Tell me about your favorite pair of shoes.
I don't have a favorite pair.
What does a perfect Sunday afternoon include?
My perfect Sunday would be reading The News-Gazette and watching sports on TV. I enjoy the Bears, Cubs, golf and NCAA basketball.
Was there one book you read as a child that you still cherish? Own? Read?
"The Life of Abraham Lincoln."
Where on Earth are you dying to go? Why?
I am looking forward to traveling to the mountains out west, especially Montana.
Tell me about your favorite pet.
None, not a pet person.
Have you discovered that you are becoming like one of your parents? Which one and how?
I would say my mother for her persistency and her mental strength.
What would you order for your last meal?
Seafood dinner. I like all types of seafood with shrimp being my favorite.
Who do you have on your iPod?
I don't have an iPod but do listen to news talk radio, such as WDWS.
What's the happiest memory of your life?
My happiest memory is my wedding day. Wava and I have been married for 52 years!
If you could host a dinner party with any three living people in the world, whom would you invite?
Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan and Zelema Harris
What's the best advice you've ever been given?
What's your best piece of advice?
Be persistent and effective.
What was your first job and how much did you make an hour?
I was a farmhand back in Ohio during the summer. I made 30 cents an hour and worked about 60 hours a week.
What was a pivotal decision in your career and how did you arrive at that decision?
Dale Cozad recruited me to go to work for him at Cozad Financial Planning. I learned so much from him about sales and development work.
Do you have a bad habit? What is it?
How do you handle a stressful situation?