Long ago I abandoned the notion of becoming a journalist -- too bashful, not to mention my regard for the media in general (let's not go there).
Nevertheless, my "inner Barbara Walters" pops out every now and then -- aided and abetted by the captivating "Conversation Piece" book by Bret Nicholaus and Paul Lowrie.
Ready to have some fun? Here' a sampling! For this exercise, I'm playing both the interviewer and interviewee -- but I'd really like it if YOU would play along, then share your own answers ... or even some new questions!
As the Christmas season draws near, what song is it that you can't wait to hear?
Michael Crawford's "Oh, Holy Night."
Conversely, what Christmas song drives you nuts?
--Blue Christmas (Porky Pig)
If you were playing "Name That Tune," which Christmas song do you think you could identify in the least number of notes? (Think carefully!)
--Frosty, the Snowman.
Besides the 5 Golden Rings, which gift from "The Twelve Days of Christmas" would you be most interested in receiving?
--Those 8 maids ...puleeze!
If you could spend Christmas in any European locale, which one would you choose?
In your opinion, what is the best taste the Christmas season has to offer?
--Raw sugar-cookie dough!
If you could spend Christmas Day with any TV family, past or present, with which family would you choose to celebrate?
--The Cartright's (Bonanza).
What is your favorite Christmas decoration in your home? (The tree doesn't count!)
--Antique sleigh bells, worn by my grandfather's team of horses (ca. 1915).
In your opinion, what would be the ideal temperature for Christmas Day?
What is one thing you've always wanted to do during the holiday season, but haven't done thus far?
--Ice-skate at NYC's Rockefeller Center.