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In our new regular series, we’ll introduce you to one of these people.
Today, meet CarolBeth…
1. You’re getting your masters degree in piano performance, and you can play classical music as well as rock’n’roll—you’re quite the musician! Tell us, what was the first song you learned how to play on the piano?
Oh, my goodness, that was a long time ago! I was only 7 years old! But I just looked it up (yes, I still have that book!) and it was “Hot Cross Buns”, which is NOT a song about someone who just sat on a metal folding chair in the sun wearing shorts.
2. It’s obvious that you love to travel—you’ve been to Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, and Greece. Where to next? Do you have a bucket list of places you want to visit?
I love to travel, particularly in cultures different from our own. People are the same everywhere; they live, they love, they have to figure out how to survive, sometimes against monumental odds. What fascinates me is the myriad ways they do that. Every culture has splendid and wonderful things, and other things not so wonderful. Of course, I prefer to think about the splendid things, not about how I can’t drink the water! Right now I’d love to go to Washington, D.C. (I’ve never been there!). I think I could spend a WEEK in the halls of the Smithsonian Institution, and take a bus tour of all the wonderful and historic sites of the area. I’d also like to go to India, Thailand, and Europe!
3. You’ve led such an eclectic life, with your hobbies and jobs ranging from disc jockey and newsperson, to horse trainer, ham radio operator, and piano teacher. In all your experience, what is the strangest and/or funniest thing that has ever happened to you?
Oh, that’s a hard one! I’ve been “hit upon” by a fellow in Egypt on a rooftop, I’ve won a goat milking contest (though I’d never milked a goat in my life!), I’ve bashed a car with a sledgehammer while standing on top of it wearing stiletto heels, on television! But probably the weirdest is that I once sank in cow manure up to my armpits. It took three baths for the water to quit running green.
4. How were you able to entertain 68 guests at once? Do you have magic powers?
I’ve often wished I had Samantha Stevens’ (TV show “Bewitched”) nose, but no, it wasn’t magic! It was an open house. When I served 60, it was my sons’ graduation party: finger foods, all prepared ahead. When I served 68, it was an Easter breakfast, and we just cooked to order as people came (think “restaurant”). Yes, the kitchen was a MESS. The most I’ve had to a sit-down dinner, all at once, was about 38, for my 50th Birthday Celebration. Secret: FABULOUS recipes, but easy, and made ahead. Tables EVERYWHERE. Invite interesting people. PARTY!
5. Imagine there is an alternate universe with an alternate CarolBeth. What would she be doing right now?
The only way to do this is to imagine two alternate CarolBeths.
First CarolBeth: She is awakening in her private jet on the way to Calcutta, India, having strawberries and cheese for breakfast with her…ahem…significant other. While there, she is going to check on the charities she has established there…teaching people skills to help them survive and get out of poverty. Her jet has a grand piano. When she returns, she’ll be playing Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” with the New York Philharmonic. She’s just published a book that is on the bestseller list. She’s also MUCH skinnier.
Second CarolBeth: She is awakening in a hut cobbled together out of cardboard and a holey plastic tarp. Three of her children died in infancy of dysentery. She doesn’t know where her next meal will come from, though she’s going to check the garbage heap. She’s also much skinnier.
Come to think of it, I prefer the CarolBeth that I am right now, I am so blessed…even though I’m not so skinny!