Little Conversations
with Tom Munsey

Little Conversations meets Tom Munsey, retired engineer living on San Juan Island since 1998. Tom runs Friday Harbor Cable channel 19, Public Access TV. See San Juan Public Access Media for web counterpart.

Are you an Island resident or a visitor?

Do you go by a nickname?
Dr. Zombat

What are the reasons you chose to live on San Juan Island?
Easily defensible from mainland gangs of roving barbarians.

Would you rather live in the country or in the city?
When you live in the country, everybody is your neighbor.

If you could live in only one city for the rest of your life, where would you live?

What is your favorite place on earth?
Where I’m sitting now.

What kind of vacations do you like?
Don’t need vacations.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
Watch Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood on TV.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
The NSA would certainly like to know.

If you had a boat, what would you name it?
The Pequod

What book are you reading, or the last book you read?
“A Peoples’ History of the United States” – Howard Zinn

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
Noam Chomsky

If not yourself, who would you like to be?

Who in your life has influenced you the most, and what did they do?
Numerous negative role models.

Name 3 things you would not live without.
Would not live, rather than Could not live – women, television, pizza.

If you were granted a wish, what would you wish for?
To go back to the farm in Kansas.

If you could invite any 3 people to dinner, living or dead, who would they be?
They wouldn’t be in very good shape if they were dead, so here’s the living: Scarlett Johansson, Naomi Klein, Bernie Sanders.

If someone asked you to give them a random piece of advice, what would you say?
Vote Socialist.

Describe your idea of happiness.
All I want is a room somewhere, far way from the cold night air.
Tom Munsey
To be or not to be?
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them.

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